Congressional Negotiators Agree to Fund Government through September
U.S. congressional negotiators came to an agreement late Sunday on a $1 trillion spending package that would fund the federal government through September. The deal includes pieces that appeal to both Republicans and Democrats, and if passed by the Senate and House of Representatives would represent the first major bipartisan legislation under President Donald Trump.
Congressional aides said there will be $1.5 billion for border security, but that the money is marked for purposes other than the wall that Trump has championed for the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president did, however, win as much as $15 billion in his push to boost military spending.
Congress must approve the spending bill and Trump needs to sign it before Friday in order to avoid a government shutdown.
Lawmakers already passed a short-term spending measure to avert a shutdown that was due to have begun Saturday. The next round of budget battles would then be about the 2018 fiscal year, which begins October 1st.
Tornados, Flooding Kill at Least 14 in US South, Midwest
At least 14 people have died as tornadoes and storms swept through the southern U.S. states of Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.
East Texas was the worst hit, with a series of tornadoes there killing at least four people and leaving a trail of what officials called "extensive damage."
All four deaths were in an area east of Dallas, authorities said. At least 50 other people were injured, the local fire department said.
In neighboring Arkansas, at least five people are dead, authorities said.
A 65-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree in DeWitt, Arkansas, according to police. In the community of Springdale, a 10-year-old girl was swept away by floodwaters and killed.
Police also were searching for two missing children who may have been in a car swept away by floodwaters.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says a 72-year-old woman drowned despite her husband's efforts to save her as their vehicle was swept away by rushing waters Saturday.
In Mississippi, one person was reported dead in Durant after a tree fell on a house.
Storms in the state at one point over the weekend left 23,000 people without power, the Mississippi Department of Emergency Management said.