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Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending deal

Congressional negotiators on Monday evening unveiled a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill, which includes $25 million for federal gun violence research, a 3.1 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees, and the repeal of several Affordable Care Act taxes, The Washington Post reports.

Congress is expected to pass the legislation, with the House likely voting on Tuesday and the Senate voting later in the week, before Friday's deadline to avoid a government shutdown. President Trump's border wall will receive $1.375 billion in funding, less than the $8 billion Trump requested, but the administration will have the ability to take funds from other accounts.

The legislation includes $7.6 billion in funding for the 2020 Census, $425 million in election security grants, and a $22 billion boost in Pentagon funding, while also increasing the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21.