Congressional leaders reach an agreement that would avoid closure

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Congressional leaders on Sunday reached a $1.66 trillion deal to fund the federal government in 2024, preserving funding for key national and social safety net programs in the face of GOP demands to cut the federal budget. government.

Lawmakers now face a strict deadline to pass legislation to codify the deal and avoid a partial government shutdown. Funding for about 20 percent of the government runs out on Jan. 19, including essential programs such as assistance to some veterans and food and drug security services, and money for the rest of the government runs out shortly afterward, the February 19th. 2.

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