Congressional leaders reach deal to avoid government shutdown

Capitol DC Congress
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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.

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