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Congressional negotiators reach budget deal

Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced the tentative budget agreement.
Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced the tentative budget agreement.Credit: J.S.Applewhite/Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — House and Senate budget negotiators reached agreement Tuesday on a budget deal that would raise military and domestic spending over the next two years, shifting the pain of across-the-board cuts to other programs over the coming decade and raising fees on airline tickets to pay for airport security.

The deal, while modest in scope, amounts to a cease-fire in the budget wars that have debilitated Washington since 2011 and gives lawmakers breathing room to try to address the drivers of the national debt — growing health care and entitlement programs — and to reshape the tax code. But it quickly drew fire from conservatives who saw it as a retreat from earlier spending cuts and a betrayal by senior Republicans.

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