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The United States Capitol is seen at dusk in Washington, DC in November 2023.
House and Senate leaders are set to announce an agreement Sunday afternoon on overall funding levels, the first step toward avoiding a closure later this month, even as that threat still looms.
Congressional sources said House Speaker Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have approved the dollar amount of overall federal spending for this fiscal year and will announce it Sunday afternoon.
While their agreement on funding levels will reduce the chances of a shutdown, there are still big hurdles facing Congress ahead of two funding deadlines: Jan. 19 and Feb. 2.
A major obstacle that remains is how to address conservative demands to use the funding bill as leverage to impose stricter demands on immigration and border security.
Congress will still have to pass funding bills, or a provisional resolution to avoid an on-time shutdown. And it remains uncertain how that effort will play out even though Schumer and Johnson have an agreement on funding levels.
This is breaking news and will be updated.