Via Washington Post:
Congressional leaders have reached agreement on a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep most of the federal government funded through next September.
Months of protracted negotiations between Democratic and Republican leaders concluded on Tuesday night, with passage expected in the coming days, according to top aides. Final details of the legislation were still being sorted out and leaders were still mulling whether to approve a stopgap bill to give lawmakers a few more days to pass the final bill and avoid a government shutdown.
Extending current funding for just a few days has happened before, but doing so this year would result in an embarrassing finale to one of the most fruitless congressional sessions in history.
With just two days to go before government funding expires, “There’s no reason the government should shut down,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday. “And we’re ready to pass a year-long spending bill to take care of this.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assured reporters that the bill would pass “before we leave here this week.”
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