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  • Congressional Negotiators Reach $1 Trillion Deal to Fund Government But Provide Little for Trump's Priorities Los Angeles Times by Lisa Mascaro—Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan deal late Sunday to fund the federal government through September, easing the threat of a shutdown but denying President Trump several key priorities—including money for his promised border wall with Mexico. It actually would increase federal spending on medical research, green energy programs, and other areas that the White House had pegged for sharp reductions. Under it, the National Institutes of Health would see an increase of 6 percent or $2 billion.

  • Congress Settles for Stopgap to Avoid Government Shutdown AP by Erica Werner and Alan Fram—Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stopgap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory. House leaders are still short of votes for the revised health bill, though they could bring it to the floor next week if they find the support they need. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the plan was to pass the bill "as soon as possible." Also next week lawmakers plan to pass a $1 trillion package financing the government through Sept. 30, the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The temporary spending bill keeps the government functioning through next Friday, to allow lawmakers time to wrap up negotiations on the larger measure. The Senate sent the stopgap bill to Trump by voice vote Friday after the House approved it by a lopsided 382–30 margin.

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