Text of $1.2 trillion spending bill released

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Lawmakers early Thursday morning released the text of a $1.2 trillion government funding bill negotiated by the White House and leaders of both parties to avoid a partial government shutdown this weekend.

The spending deal, announced Tuesday, includes funding for the departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Labor, Health and Human Services and other parts of the government.

Those federal agencies are scheduled to shut down on Saturday if the funding package is not passed by Friday night. President Joe Biden has said he’ll sign the bill, but it’s unclear whether Congress has enough time to pass it before the deadline.

It would take a herculean effort for both chambers to pass the 1,012 page bill before the end of the day on Friday, particularly in the Senate, where all 100 senators would have to agree to speed up consideration to do so.

Funding for DHS, which oversees the politically explosive issue of immigration enforcement, was the most contentious part of the negotiation. It dragged out talks for several extra days after the rest of the appropriations bills had been settled.

It is the last remaining funding package that Congress has to pass this fiscal year, which ends after September. That leaves lawmakers just over six months to begin anew for fiscal year 2025.

Read more at NBCnews.com

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