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Congressional negotiators reach $1-trillion deal to fund government through September

Congressional negotiators reach $1-trillion deal to fund government through September

 (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Congressional negotiators  have reached a bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through September, easing the threat of a shutdown but denying President Trump several key priorities — including money for his promised border wall with Mexico.

The estimated $1-trillion omnibus package would provide $12.5 billion in increased military funding, about half the amount Trump requested from Congress. Another $2.5 billion for defense would be available if the administration submits a counter-terrorism strategy to fight Islamic State.

But the deal does not include the big cuts to domestic non-defense accounts that Trump had been seeking, and thus is something of an embarrassment to the White House.

It would actually increase federal spending on medical research, green energy programs and other areas that the White House had pegged for sharp reductions.

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