Senior negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Thursday reached a tentative deal with the White House on a series of bills to fund federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2020, which would avert partial government shutdowns next week.
A person familiar with the negotiations said that votes by the full House of Representatives on a series of bills could come as soon as Tuesday as Congress races to complete this work before a Dec. 20 deadline when existing money expires.
While some technical issues still have to be resolved, the source said that major disagreements between Democrats and Republicans have been worked out.
That includes, according to the source, how to address Republican President Donald Trump's demand for billions of dollars to fund further construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The source did not provide details on whether such funding would be included in this package.
If the Democratic-controlled House approves the legislation next week, the Republican-led Senate would also have to sign off before it can be sent to Trump for his signing into law.
Federal agencies have been operating on temporary funding since Oct. 1, the beginning of the current fiscal year, because Congress and the White House had been unable to agree on full-year appropriations for agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, which administers many of the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies.
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