Government Spending Bill; NSA Reform
January 13, 2014
Congress Nears a Government Spending Bill; President Discusses NSA Reform
On the Hill
The House and Senate negotiators are close to filing a $1.1 trillion government-spending bill today. The omnibus bill would fund the government and prevent a shutdown, as the current continuing resolution expires Wednesday, though lawmakers are expected to file an extension, good through Saturday, to allow deliberation on the omnibus.
- President Barack Obama will lay out reforms to the controversial intelligence-gathering operations of agencies like the National Security Administration on Friday.
- No major economic indicators were released today.
- Negotiators completed a deal with Iran on Sunday that would temporarily halt the Iranian nuclear program beginning next Monday and would alleviate some of the sanctions against the besieged Middle Eastern nation.