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SE­NATE LEAD­ERS REACH DEAL TO RAISE SPEND­ING

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WASH­ING­TON The Se­nate’s top Repub­li­can says there’s Se­nate agree­ment on a twoyear, al­most $400-bil­lion bud­get deal that would pro­vide Pen­tagon and do­mes­tic pro­grams with huge spend­ing in­creases.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell an­nounced the pact, joined on the Se­nate floor by top Se­nate Demo­crat Chuck Schumer of New York. It would con­tain al­most $300 bil­lion over cur­rent lim­its on de­fence and do­mes­tic ac­counts.

McCon­nell, pic­tured, said the mea­sure would re­write ex­ist­ing de­fence lim­its that have “ham­strung our armed forces and jeop­ar­dized our na­tional se­cu­rity.”

The mea­sure, aides said, also con­tains al­most $90 bil­lion in over­due dis­as­ter aid and an in­crease in the gov­ern­ment bor­row­ing cap that would pre­vent a first-ever U.S. gov­ern­ment de­fault on its obli­ga­tions.

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