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Congress Reaches Bipartisan Deal Over $1T Budget Spending Package for Rest of Fiscal 2017

Congressional leaders on Sunday reached a deal on a proposed $1 trillion budget package to fund the federal government for the remaining months of fiscal 2017 and are expected to vote on the budget request early this week, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Kelsey Snell writes the bipartisan spending package proposes $12.5 billion in funds for the military, $1.5 billion in additional funds for border security projects and $407 million for wildfire relief efforts and extension of a program that seeks to provide coal miners with health coverage.

The deal also includes $295 million for Puerto Rico to continue its payments to Medicaid, $100 million to fight opioid addiction and $61 million in funds for the reimbursement of law enforcement agencies that work to ensure the president’s security, the report added.

“The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders and increases investments in programs that the middle class relies on, like medical research, education and infrastructure,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York).

The bipartisan agreement comes days after the House introduced and passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government operational through May 5.

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