U.S. Congress negotiators set spending plan to avert shutdown, bolster defense

Negotiators in the U.S. Congress reached a deal late on Sunday on around $1 trillion in federal funding that would avert a government shutdown later this week, while handing President Donald Trump a down payment on his promised military buildup.

The full House of Representatives and Senate must still approve the bipartisan pact, which would be the first major legislation to clear Congress since Trump became president on Jan. 20.

Prompt passage of the legislation was expected this week.

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview on CBS “This Morning.” He called the deal “a bipartisan win for the American people” that included funding for a significant increase in military spending and a down payment on border security.

Source: U.S. Congress negotiators set spending plan to avert shutdown, bolster defense

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