Plan to avert shutdown would raise defense and non-defense spending by $300bn but doesn’t resolve the immigration reform issueCongressional leaders were rushing on Thursday to pass a far-reaching, bipartisan budget deal that would raise federal spending levels for the next two years as lawmakers run up against yet another midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown.As Congress worked to find the votes amid a last minute objection from a conservative senator, the White House reportedly urged agencies to prepare for a lapse in spending after midnight. Continue reading…



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