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Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight

Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight
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The top appropriators in the House and Senate on Tuesday struck a deal on spending allocations, clearing a hurdle in the path toward reaching a broader deal to avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 11.

"This agreement allows bipartisan, bicameral negotiations to proceed at the subcommittee level and provides further momentum for enacting full year appropriations bills by the December 11 government funding deadline," a House Democratic aide said.

Though overall spending levels for the 2021 fiscal year were hammered out last summer as part of a two-year spending deal, the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate differed in their approaches to divvying up the funds between agencies in 12 spending bills.

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House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyLobbying world Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Biden needs to tear down bureaucratic walls and refocus Middle East programs MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOn The Money: Sanders: Democrats considering trillion spending package | Weekly jobless claims rise for first time since April Shelby signals GOP can accept Biden's .5T with more for defense Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior MORE (R-Ala.), have been negotiating since shortly after the Nov. 3 election to find a compromise that would allow the 12 appropriations subcommittees to get on the same page with clear spending limits in order to iron out further differences.

Both Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Set millions of tires on fire, pay less than ,000 On The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more Democrats seek to calm nervous left MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRevs. Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested in protest urging Manchin to nix filibuster On The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more McConnell slams Biden for already 'caving' to left on infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) say they want to pass all 12 bills in an omnibus package by the Dec. 11 deadline in order to avoid a shutdown or the alternative of approving a stopgap measure, which would kick the can to the new year and the next administration on longer-term spending.

President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE has remained mum on whether he will object to any of the provisions or use his veto power to insist on any specific policies, such as funding for a wall along the southern border.