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Report: Congress, White House to Address Govt Spending, Immigration Issues

President Donald Trump’s administration and lawmakers are scheduled to return to Washington this week to address a series of issues that Congress kicked into 2018 in order to pass a tax reform measure in 2017, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

Hogan Gidley, a spokesman for the White House, said Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, is set to meet with congressional leaders Wednesday to reach an agreement on immigration and spending.

One of the contentious matters that lawmakers need to deal with is the demand for higher defense budget.

Congressional negotiators intend to strike a budget deal that would authorize a $200 billion increase in federal discretionary spending in the next two years.

Other issues legislators need to address this month include the Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; Obamacare subsidies; the Children’s Health Insurance Program; hurricane relief; and federal debt ceiling, the report added.

Congress passed in December a four-week continuing resolution that is set to expire on Jan. 19 and must clear a spending package to avert another government shutdown.

 

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