Congress reaches funding deal - for now

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A deal has been reached on a bill to fund the government for the final five months of this fiscal year, an agreement that is likely to avert a government shutdown, aides to senior members of Congress told NBC News on Sunday.

If the budget is not passed by midnight Friday, it would be the first United States federal government shutdown since 2013.

The agreement contains increases in spending on defense and border security, which will allow Republicans to claim a political win, while it does not have any cuts to Planned Parenthood or any of Democrats' other "poison pill" non-negotiables, according to aides familiar with the deal.

Trump earlier bowed to Democratic demands that the spending legislation for the rest of the fiscal year not include money to start building a wall along the US-Mexico border he said is needed to fight illegal immigration and stop drug smugglers.

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

The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump's short tenure in the White House.

Last week, White House aides acknowledged the administration could wait until later this year or next year to consider funding for the wall. The House and Senate had until midnight Friday to pass a measure to avert a government shutdown. The minority party has been actively involved in the talks, which appear headed to produce a lowest common denominator measure that won't look too much different than the deal that could have been struck on President Barack Obama's watch past year.

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During debates, Democrats criticized the president while Republican leaders and the president refocused on health care.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., praised the bill as well, saying it "acts on President Trump's commitment to rebuild our military for the 21st century and bolster our nation's border security to protect our homeland".

Many measures favored by Democrats made their way into the budget.

Democrats were successful in repelling many conservative policy "riders" that sought to overturn dozens of Obama-issued regulations. Skeptics and analysts have expressed the fact that a wall may not be build but the current regime may invest in security technologies and repairs which will lead to under spending and loss of public resources.

Grants for summer school and transportation funding will also be increased. It also provides $85 million to replace Tomahawk missiles fired in Trump's Syria assault and adds $50 million for new fencing around the White House.

The budget also includes $68 million to reimburse New York City and other local governments for protecting Trump Tower, where Trump's transition team met following the election.

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