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Another shutdown showdown looms this month, and Congress isn’t even back yet. Happy New Year, Washington.

Congressional leaders from both parties will sit down with top White House officials on Wednesday to haggle over the basics of a budget deal they were supposed to settle last spring. And while aides say the talks will stick to spending, a fight over immigration looms, along with a host of other thorny policy disputes that will shape the 2018 legislative agenda.

Ahead of the meeting, there was little sign of conciliation on either side.

Shutdown threat revived as Congress returns

Congressional leaders and White House officials will meet to hash out a budget agreement they’ve put off for months but can’t delay anymore.


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