Official: Bipartisan Budget Deal Expected Later on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) —
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The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. lawmakers are expected later on Wednesday to unveil “a good, bipartisan deal” to keep the government funded and avoid a second federal shutdown this year, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said.

Higher defense spending expected in the agreement will allow President Donald Trump to make good on his campaign promise for a U.S. military build-up, although the White House is still concerned about non-defense spending levels, Short told MSNBC in an interview.

Senate leaders are working on a plan to keep the government funded for two years. The House of Representatives already has passed its own plan to extend most federal agency funding until March 23. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans.

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