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Budget finally OK, Congress heads into big immigration fight

AP photo
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Shane Bouvet, a campaign volunteer, Friday in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.
AP photo President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Shane Bouvet, a campaign volunteer, Friday in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.

WASHINGTON – They can all claim wins in the big budget agreement: President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans and Democrats, too. Next up, however, is a Senate immigration battle that may well lead nowhere, complicated by divisions within parties rubbed raw by the spending pact plus election-year pressures that always make compromise challenging.

In Washington’s latest display of governance by brinkmanship, a bipartisan accord bolstering military and domestic programs by $400 billion and deepening federal deficits became law Friday – but not before the government technically shut down.

In what amounts to an achievement these days, lawmakers limited the overnight closure to less than nine hours – the time between when agencies technically ran out of money at midnight and Trump’s morning signing of the bill.

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