Federal funding measure approved to avoid government shutdown

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"A few sticking points remain, but we are very close" to a deal, said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump's chief rival in Congress.

"While this bill seemingly addresses every subject under the sun, it does not address the looming fate that our Dreamers face in America", Durbin said in a statement.

"The House just voted to rebuild our military, secure our borders, and give our service members their largest pay raise in eight years", House Speaker Paul Ryan said after the vote.

Earlier Friday, Washington let out a collective gasp when Trump threatened to veto the hard-won agreement, which dramatically expands military funding.

He appeared to reverse his support that he lended for the United States dollars 1.3 trillion spending bill regarding which he was to address media in a briefing at the White House.

"But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again".

Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated Senate and House of Representatives had already left Washington for a scheduled two-week spring recess, and Trump himself was scheduled on Friday to fly to Florida for a weekend at his private resort. "Good pieces to the bill. help Vermont a great deal", said Scott, R-Vermont.

Trump himself cancelled the de facto amnesty - known as DACA - but has repeatedly tried to pin the blame on Democrats.

But in a major blow to Democrats, it fails to include protections for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

The spending package provided $1.6 billion for border security of the United States and construction or fix of almost 100 miles (160 kilometers) of border fencing, but that was far less than what Trump had been seeking so far.

Weathercast: Cooler temps all week, chance of snow Wednesday
Lows Tuesday night will fall into the upper 20s/low 30s, while highs Wednesday will only be the 30s. Rising temperatures today helped shift the remains of any snow left over from the weekend.

This week alone the former reality TV star replaced his national security advisor, launched a new trade fight with China, and needled investigators probing Russian Federation election meddling.

At the same time Trump faces an nearly unprecedented number of scandals from a defamation lawsuit, to allegations of two extramarital affairs.

For Trump, there are potential difficulties as well beyond the deficit-spending.

The program "DACA" expired on March 5, but the issue is still being fought in the courts.

This would fund the federal government until 30 September, and avert another government shutdown.

In a Congress riven by partisan feuding, passage early Friday of the massive bill to fund the U.S. government through September was considered a rare achievement.

It sets defense spending levels at $700 billion for the year, an increase of $61 billion over the 2017 cap, while non-defense domestic spending will reach $591 billion, an increase of about 10 percent.

"This bill is so important on many fronts, from school safety and troop funding, to opioids and veterans care", press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday.

It also would deliver another setback to Trump, whose proposals for severe cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, State Department and other federal agencies would be scaled back. A temporary funding bill to keep operations going this weekend might be required.

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