With the next budget deadline just weeks away, top lawmakers said this week that they had made significant progress negotiating a huge governmentwide spending bill that gives the once mighty congressional appropriations committees a chance to reassert control over the flow of federal dollars. While most members of Congress have scattered for the holidays, the panels’ bipartisan leadership and senior staff members have been assembling a $1 trillion measure that splits an extra $45 billion between military and domestic needs under the terms of the budget deal reached this month.
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