Congress Close To Striking Deal On Omnibus

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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After weeks of negotiations and the passage of a short-term continuing resolution, Congress is close to striking a deal on the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill.

Lawmakers have yet to release a final package but sources in both chambers close to the negotiations said the legislation will likely be rolled out Tuesday.

The clock is ticking for negotiators to finish their final proposal on the must-pass measure as Congress is slated to adjourn for the year Friday.

“Negotiations continued throughout the weekend and progress was made but there is no deal yet and the discussions continue,” said AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Speaker of the House [crscore]Paul Ryan[/crscore].

Lawmakers passed a continuing resolution Friday to extend current funding levels until Wednesday at midnight, but another stop-gap measure may be necessary for the bill to pass both chambers.

Politico reports Ryan wants to give lawmakers at least three days to review the deal ahead of a vote.

While President Barack Obama signed the last continuing resolution, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday the administration “is not willing to give members of Congress additional weeks or months to negotiate a bipartisan budget agreement.”

Negotiators have been working on a tax-extenders package in addition to the omnibus.

“We will continue to consult and engage with colleagues as we make further progress on these last two significant items we must complete this year,” said Senate Majority Leader [crscore]Mitch McConnell[/crscore] during a floor speech Monday.

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