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Massive spending deal clinched despite Trump’s misgivings

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Massive spending deal clinched

Congressional leaders have clinched an agreement on a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill that President Donald Trump, for now, appears grudgingly willing to support. Washington has until Friday to act to avoid a government shutdown.

Negotiators finally reached an accord to fund the government through September after abandoning many of the most controversial provisions that lawmakers were trying to include in the must-pass bill, which has yet to be formally unveiled — and is likely the last major piece of legislation the president will sign before the midterm elections. The full text was released Wednesday night.

The bill will, however, fix a problematic element of the GOP tax law — the so-called grain glitch — that farm state lawmakers were seeking. It also includes a narrow gun safety measure and a compromise on a New York infrastructure project that had become a lightning-rod issue with the president.

But the deal wasn't without its detractors — including Donald Trump himself. The president was unhappy that GOP leaders didn’t win more money for his border wall with Mexico or any new detention beds for undocumented immigrants and new deportation agents, according to three sources familiar with the White House’s thinking.


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