Congress agrees on a budget.

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But it won't give Trump everything he wants.

Congressional leaders have reached a government funding agreement through the end of September, according to two congressional aides familiar with the matter.


The deal delivers new defense spending, a $1.5 billion border security infusion, extends expiring health insurance benefits for coal miners and includes $2 billion in new spending for the National Institutes of Health. It does not allocate any money to a southern border wall with Mexico.

If clinched, the deal would deliver President Donald Trump billions in new defense spending to combat terrorism and $1.5 billion for enhanced border security, though it would deny him any money for a physical border wall, the sources said. It would fund the government through September and contain key bipartisan priorities: $2 billion in new funds for the National Institutes of Health and former President Barack Obama's cancer moonshot, as well as a long-term extension of miners' health insurance that expires on Friday.

The deal could be announced as early as Sunday evening if the few remaining issues are dealt with, the aides familiar with the negotiations said. Democrats were still pressing over the weekend to fill Puerto Rico's Medicaid coffers through the end of summer 2018, though Republicans favor moving unspent money to patch the funding problem on the island, according to a Republican congressional aide.

The hang-up over the issue stalled a final deal last week and necessitated a weeklong stopgap bill to avoid a government shutdown. Two Democratic aides said there were more outstanding issues than just the Medicaid funds.

House Democrats were also concerned Republicans would move to a partisan vote to repeal Obamacare immediately after striking a bipartisan deal on spending bills. But the Trump administration agreed to continue making payments for Obamacare's subsidies that help low-income Americans afford insurance, a significant win for Democrats trying to protect the law.
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/30/congress-spending-deal-budget-shutdown-237818
 
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I thought it wasn't a budget but an emergency compromise. And it sounds like the Democrats haven't thrown their toys out of their pram like the Republicans did under Obama.