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House Averts Government Shutdown With Passing of $1.4 Trillion Spending Deal

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Published on December 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

House Averts Government Shutdown With Passing of $1.4 Trillion Spending Deal

House Averts Government Shutdown With Passing of $1.4 Trillion Spending Deal.

On Dec.

17, the United States House of Representatives voted to approve a $1.4 trillion spending deal to fund the government through the 2020 fiscal year.

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Their decision came just days ahead of the Dec.

20 deadline, preventing what many feared would be another government shutdown.

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At this time last year, Congress failed to agree on funding, which resulted in the longest government shutdown in US history.

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Included in the $1.4 trillion spending deal is $1.37 billion for border barriers, $425 million for election-security grants and $1.5 billion for preventative opioid crisis grants.

$25 million is allocated for gun-violence research, marking the first time in 20 years that Congress has appropriated money for such research.

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Military and civilian federal workers will also see a 3.1 percent pay raise if approved by the Senate.

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Lawmakers also agreed on an added provision that would prevent anyone younger than 21 from buying tobacco products.

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Donald Trump is β€œpoised to sign” the legislation once it reaches his desk.

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