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Spending bills run aground

Congress has agreed on how to fund the federal government, but unresolved—and unrelated—political fights mean another temporary spending bill to avert a shutdown is likely.

“Just about all of the funding decisions are basically done at this point apparently,” says Matt Hourihan, a policy analyst at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

That means that the $1.1-trillion spending bill could pass, but Republicans and Democrats are both trying to roll pet policies into the legislation. Disagreements over extending tax cuts, exporting crude oil and refugees from Syria have derailed any progress.

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