Congress reaches deal to fund government through September

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks to reporters on his way to the house floor to vote on a stopgap spending bill on Capitol Hill on April 28. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

May 1 (UPI) — On Sunday, the 101st day of President Donald Trump‘s administration, Congressional negotiators reached a deal to fund the U.S. government through September, government officials said.

Congress, facing a May 5 deadline, will vote this week on the $1.5 trillion spending package.

It reportedly includes $12.5 billion for defense and $1.5 billion for non-wall border security.

“This agreement is good for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.

“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.”

Republicans and Democrats have battled for weeks over spending priorities, including Trump’s proposed border wall and health care subsidies.

On Friday, Trump signed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, giving lawmakers another week to hammer out a deal on the federal budget.


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