December 15, 2011 / 9:13 AM / 6 years ago

Congress negotiators nearing spending bill deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional negotiators neared agreement on Thursday on a spending bill to fund many U.S. government agencies through September 30, 2012, Democratic aides said.

House Speaker John Boehner arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill, December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A deal would pave the way for Senate and House of Representative votes in coming days on legislation to avert a government shutdown. Current funding for the agencies expires at midnight on Friday.

Reporting by Rachelle Younglai

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