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Congress will try to pass the spending bill later this week. Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Images

The House and Senate have released the $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. It includes increases for defense, homeland security, plus funding for infrastructure and opioid abuse treatment.

Key highlights:

  • $61 billion increase for defense.
  • $5.4 billion increase for the Department of Homeland Security.
  • $1.6 billion for “physical barriers” and technology along the Southwest border.
  • $21 billion for infrastructure projects across the country, including transportation, energy, water, and cyber.
  • $3.6 billion for resources to combat the opioid crisis.
  • $2.3 billion in new funding to effective mental health, training, and school safety programs.
  • $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.

What’s next: It's immediately unclear when both chambers will vote on the bill. But it must be passed by the end of Friday to keep the government open through the end of September. The White House signaled earlier Wednesday President Trump backs the package after speaking with House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell.

Go deeper: Summary of the proposal; Spending bill will include gun background checks

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57 mins ago - World

U.N. envoy resumes push for cease fire in Gaza

Tor Wennesland. Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images

Tor Wennesland, U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process , has been holding extensive talks with both Israel and Hamas over the past 24 hours in an effort to restore peace, a diplomatic source tells Axios.

Driving the news: The source said Wennesland spoke on Sunday to Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and other senior Israeli security officials as well as Hamas officials and Egyptian intelligence officials.

4 hours ago - Health

CDC director says politics didn't play a role in abrupt mask policy shift

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told Fox News Sunday that political pressure had nothing to do with the agency's sudden announcement that fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks in most indoor settings.

Why it matters: Emerging evidence shows vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus, as COVID-19 cases and deaths drop. But the responsibility to uphold the abrupt policy change falls to individuals and businesses.

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