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Congress Reaches Deal to Fund the Government as Shutdown Deadline Nears

Congressional negotiators reached a deal on Thursday to fund the government as the deadline to avoid a shutdown gets closer, according to reports.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) “announced after their 3 p.m. meeting that there is a tentative agreement in principle on all 12 bills. A vote is possible in the House as soon as Tuesday,” a Congressional aide told The Epoch Times.

“We had a very good meeting, and theres a meeting of the minds, and were going to look through some of the details, but I feel confident that were going to have a product very shortly,” Lowey, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, told reporters on Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and the leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees met on Thursday.

The deal covers 12 regular spending bills totaling $1.3 trillion, and it was agreed to in a bipartisan spending package enacted by the president over the summer, NPR reported.

“When you look at the 12 bills, I think we can be very proud of the good work that this Congress is doing,” Lowey was quoted by the broadcaster as saying.

The agreement includes $1.375 billion to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a key Trump campaign promise, according to reports.

Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham in Washington on April 30, 2019. (Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

“Weve had a good day. Weve had some serious discussions and we believe that were where we need to be,” Shelby told reporters.

Legislators are in a rush to approve a deal by the next week as federal agencies are expected to run out of money by midnight on Dec. 20. After next Read More – Source

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