Senate Democratic Aide: Deal To Avert Shutdown Reached 1.5 Hours Before Deadline

Senate Democratic Aide: Deal To Avert Shutdown Reached 1.5 Hours Before Deadline

WASHINGTON — As House Speaker John Boehner briefed his conference on the broad strokes of a government funding bill, aides behind the scenes were still hammering out actual language and details, reaching a deal at about 10:30 p.m., a senior Senate leadership aide told reporters.

The aide said negotiators from the House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House met for a final time Friday evening, finally agreeing to a figure of roughly $38 billion. Each side made some final concessions: Democrats agreed to add half a billion dollars in additional cuts to mandatory spending, while Republicans agreed that no language related to Planned Parenthood and Title X funding would be in the short-term funding bill.

They finished negotiations only an hour and a half before government funding expired. If one chamber had not moved by about 11 p.m., the government would have begun to shutdown, the aide said.

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