WASHINGTON — Senior lawmakers have announced a tentative agreement on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill. The deal would would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues. 

Word of the agreement comes from the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and other top members of Congress. 

“There’s a meeting of the minds,” The Associated Press quoted House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., as saying, announcing the handshake deal.

The agreement would award President Donald Trump with additional money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall while giving the Democrats who control the House a number of their priorities.  

Votes in the House and Senate are expected next week before a spending bill expires next Friday at midnight.

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