Energy, Alzheimer's and ISIS: What's in the New Budget Deal Republicans and Democrats worked out a $1 trillion-plus bipartisan deal over the weekend to fund the government through September 30.
Feeding the hungry The new spending agreement mostly ignores President Trump's requests for major cuts in foreign aid and notably adds $990 million in funding to help confront famine in North Africa and the Middle East.
Displaced women from drought hit areas wait to fill their jerrycans as they gather at the water point.Zohra Bensemra / Reuters United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien warned last month that the world is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II due to a combination of military conflict and environmental crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia that threaten food supplies for millions of people.
But there's an additional wrinkle to the money: $2.5 billion of the funding is only released if Trump submits a plan to Congress detailing how his administration plans to defeat the Islamic State, its goals for the countries involved, and what benchmarks it will use to measure success.
Democrats said the wall was a deal breaker and Republicans backed away from the demand, but the spending agreement does include a modest $1.5 billion increase in overall spending on border security and enforcement.
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