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Congress releases details of budget

Deal would avert some military cuts

WASHINGTON — Top congressional negotiators released a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday night that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year.

The massive measure fleshes out the details of the budget deal that Congress passed last month. That pact gave relatively modest relief to the Pentagon and domestic agencies from the deep budget cuts they would otherwise face.

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The bill would avert spending cuts that threatened construction of aircraft carriers and next-generation Joint Strike Fighter jets. It maintains rent subsidies for the poor, awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise, and boosts security at US embassies across the globe. The Obama administration would be denied money to meet its full commitments to the International Monetary Fund but get much of the funds it wanted to implement the new health care law and the 2010 overhaul of financial regulations.

The 1,582-page bill was released after weeks of negotiations between the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Harold Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, and his counterpart in the Senate, Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, who kept a tight lid on the details until its release. ‘‘This agreement shows the American people that we can compromise, and that we can govern,’’ Mikulski said.

The GOP-led House is slated to vote on the measure Wednesday, less than 48 hours after it became public. In their campaign to take over the House in 2010, Republicans promised a 72-hour review period. On Tuesday, the House is expected to approve a short-term funding bill to extend the Senate’s deadline to finish the overall spending bill until midnight Saturday. The current short-term spending bill expires at midnight Wednesday evening.

The measure doesn’t contain major victories for either side. Its primary achievement was that both parties agreed to a comprehensive approach after the collapse of the budget process last year, followed by a 16-day government shutdown and another brush with a potential default on US obligations. After those crises last fall, Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, struck an agreement to avoid a repeat of the 5 percent cut applied to domestic agencies last year and to prevent the Pentagon from absorbing about $20 billion in new cuts.

Overall, the measure keeps funding for day-to-day domestic agency budgets at levels agreed to last year before broad cuts were applied.

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