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    Congressional Leaders Reach a Tentative Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown. But Ukraine Aid Stalls

    Congressional Leaders Reach a Tentative Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown. But Ukraine Aid Stalls

    — Congressional leaders announced Wednesday they have reached a tentative agreement to prevent a government shutdown for now, days before an end-of-the-week deadline that risked shuttering some federal operations.

    Under the plan, Congress would temporarily fund one set of federal agencies through March 8 and another set through March 22. In the meantime, Congress will try to draft and pass packages of legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the budget year.

    But there was no immediate plan to approve the $95 billion emergency national security funds for , and other allies.

    “We are in agreement that Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to fund our government,” said the joint statement from House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, along with the Appropriation Committee leaders.

    Johnson said the House would vote Thursday to approve the temporary funds — ahead of Friday's deadline, when some federal monies run out. The Senate would be expected to vote next.

    The deal comes together as negotiators in Congress have been working furiously to finish up a federal spending plan and Washington joined Ukraine and other American allies around the world in watching and waiting for Johnson's next move.

    The new Republican leader is facing the test of his career trying to keep the…

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