>> US lawmakers on Monday optimistic after reaching a deal to keep the government funded while boosting defense spending. The bipartisan agreement ensuring essential operations will continue, including airport and border security, soldiers' pay and education. Democrats, who command a minority in both houses of Congress seemed to have fended off several key White House initiatives.
White House political correspondent, Andy Sullivan.>> This is largely a status quo budget. In that sense, it's a pretty clear rejection of what President Trump is trying to accomplish. If you recall last month, he put out a budget proposal that called for radical cuts to things like foreign aid and environmental protection.
Those programs largely survived intact. That reflects the fact that Republicans own the government, the House, the Senate, and the White House. If there is any sort of disruption, any sort of government shutdown, they would own it completely. They're very aware of that. So the Democrats sort of had them over a barrel here.
>> The budget contains no money for a border wall, which President Trump repeatedly promised to build. Instead it allocates $1.5 billion to repair and upgrade border security infrastructure. Planned Parenthood will also continue to receive federal funds, fending off possible cuts to the women's healthcare provider. The Environmental Protection Agency will also see most of its programs continue and Puerto Rico will get a emergency injection of $295 million for its Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.
The US territory is facing a severe Medicaid funding short fall. Trump head request of $30 billion in new military funds. The Pentagon will receive less than half of that, $12.5 billion, with another $2.5 billion contingent on the White House delivering a plan to Congress for defeating the Islamic State militant group.
Without an agreement federal agencies would have been forced to furlough or lay off thousands of workers. The bipartisan deal reached late Sunday night is expected to be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate this week.