>> On a snowy Wednesday in Washington, lawmakers are racing to complete a $1.3 trillion dollar budget deal before federal money runs out at midnight on Friday. After all night meetings, sources say, Senate and House leaders have agreed on funding for border security and to rebuild highways. But there is something new, a big investment to beef up cybersecurity for the 2018 midterm elections.
Lawmakers are committing $380 million to help states harden their systems before the elections in November. That would be one of the first concrete steps taken in the wake of 2016 elections marred by allegations of Russian meddling. The bill also gives the Trump administration $307 million more than they asked for to counter hacking engineered by Moscow.
>> Securing our elections requires immediate action.>> The agreement on cyber funding coming, as members of the Senate's intelligence panel sounded the alarm. And Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen Nielsen promised they were on the case.>> We are priortizing election efforts and risk and vulerability assessments for our partners in state and locals over all other critical infrastructure sectors.
>> Also in the spending bill, $1.6 billion to beef up security on the Mexican border. But not the $25 billion President Trump wanted for his signature wall. The deal is coming together just in time to avoid another potential government shutdown amid budget battles forcing Washington to close its doors twice since the start of the year.