Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Congressional leaders reach short-term budget deal to avoid shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), photographed together in April 2011. (Brendan Hoffman - BLOOMBERG)
House and Senate leaders have reached a short-term spending deal that would remove the possibility of a government shutdown from the politically sensitive fall campaign season, they announced Tuesday.

Under the agreement, Congress would agree to fund the government for six months when the fiscal year expires Sept. 30, setting agency spending for the year at $1.047 trillion.

Read more from The Post’s Rosalind S. Helderman about the spending plan — and the political fight the agreement helps avoid — by clicking here.

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