CONGRESS/DEMS/GOP/INFRASTRUCTURE/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Congressional leaders are racing to finalize a spending bill by the end of Tuesday [3-20-18] but find themselves still at odds over a host of controversial issues — delaying plans to unveil the proposal.
Democrats, Republicans and the White House battled late into the night Monday [3-19-18] and into Tuesday afternoon over whether to include provisions on President Donald Trump’s border wall, a massive New York infrastructure project and the special counsel‘s Russia investigation, according to lawmakers and aides in both parties.
President Donald Trump is likely to support the bill if the New York-area Gateway project is excluded, the military receives a major budget boost and there is a significant infusion of border security funding, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said at the Capitol Tuesday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told his conference that he is planning to pass the massive, $1.3 trillion omnibus on Thursday, according to House Republicans.”
–Burgess Everett, Rachael Bade, Sarah Ferris, and Heather Caygle, “Congress struggles to clinch spending deal,” Politico, Mar, 20, 2018 3:29pm