Congressional leaders reach deal to avoid government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders appear to have broken a stalemate over the Flint, Michigan, water crisis — clearing the way for a spending bill to keep the government running until December.

The spending bill also would provide long-delayed money to fight Zika.

An aide to House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi says Pelosi and House Speaker Paul Ryan have an agreement on a first step for aid to address Flint’s lead-tainted water.

The agreement promises to provide $170 million to help Flint and other cities with water emergencies — and that pledge of assistance would be part of a water projects bill.

The deal between Democrat Pelosi and Republican Ryan holds the promise of freeing up the short-term spending measure. That bill had failed to advance in the Senate on Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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