February 5, 2018 / 6:58 PM / 9 months ago

White House says long-term budget deal needed

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol building is lit at dusk in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House on Monday called for a long-term budget deal, as federal lawmakers face a deadline this week to pass legislation to continue funding government.

“We would like to see ... a two-year agreement on budget caps that gives certainty to our federal agencies, to our military,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters during a briefing. Government funding expires on Thursday.

“Moving from stop-gap measure to stop-gap measure is no way to govern,” he said.

Reporting by James Oliphant; Editing by Susan Thomas

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