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Congress releases omnibus spending plan

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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.

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Mike Pompeo's secret visit to Pyongyang is the latest in a series of dramatic events in the run-up to the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. It’s almost certainly not the last.

The big picture: "Part of this is normal, but we've got a wacky situation here," says Jim Walsh, an international security expert at MIT who has taken part in previous negotiations with North Korea. When it comes time to present a "final package," he adds, "surprises won't fly."