FILE - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct. 1. The House and Senate have until Friday at midnight to pass the measure to avert a government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Latest: Top Senate Democrat welcomes funding deal

April 30, 2017 - 10:37 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill to fund the government through September (all times local):

10:35 p.m.

The top Democrat in the Senate is welcoming the deal on a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says the pact is a "good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table."

The bill rebuffs President Donald Trump's request for a down payment on the border wall with Mexico. Trump said repeatedly during the campaign that Mexico would foot the bill for the wall and Mexico says it will not.

Schumer says the measure ensures that "taxpayer dollars aren't used to fund an ineffective border wall." He also says unrelated policy provisions have been omitted and the bill funds medical research, education and infrastructure.

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9:45 p.m.

Top Capitol Hill negotiators have reached a hard-won agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September.

Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. It's expected to be made public Sunday night.

The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump's presidency. It denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but it gives him a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military.

The measure rejects White House proposals to cut popular programs such as funding medical research and community development grants. It adds $1.5 billion for border security.

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4:15 p.m.

Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct. 1.

Aides say lawmakers closely involved in the talks have worked through many sticking points in hopes of making the measure public as early as Sunday night. The House and Senate have until Friday at midnight to pass the measure to avert a government shutdown.

The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump's short tenure in the White House, but it denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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