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Report: US Appropriation Leaders Agree on $1T Spending Package

CapitolDomeSenate and House appropriators have finalized the details of a 1,603-page $1.01 trillion spending bill that would fund government operations during the 2015 fiscal year, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Ed O’Keefe writes the budget deal allocates $521 billion for defense activities and $492 billion for non-military discretionary programs.

“There’s no reason the government should shut down,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), according to The Post.

“And we’re ready to pass a year-long spending bill to take care of this,” he added.

The bill would provide service members and federal employees with a salary increase of 1 percent.

USA Today reports lawmakers are also preparing to introduce a stopgap measure to head off a possible shutdown on Thursday night as well as to give Congress more time to consider the omnibus legislation.

Republicans proposed short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security through the $1-trillion deal in order to allow Republicans to respond to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, according to the newspaper.

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