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    Congress Ready to Spend $1.1T

    President Barack Obama gestures during his end-of-the-year news conference in the Brady Press Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Obama is scheduled to depart later for his home state of Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation trip. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Charles Dharapak/AP

    A team of negotiators from the House and Senate announced Monday night a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will flesh out the agreed-upon December budget. President Obama's request for significant new pre-kindergarten education funding was filled, but the budget for the Affordable Care Act remained at a reduced level. The bill includes a large increase for the FDA, and for migration and refugee assistance. The House will take on the bill on Saturday.

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