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Congress expected to pass bipartisan budget deal, but divisions remain

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More money will be available to fight the opioid epidemic, fund National Institutes of Health research, staff Community Health Centers and renovate Veterans Affairs hospitals. Roads, bridges and rural broadband will see $20 billion in new infrastructure spending.

Conservative Democrats in both the House and Senate have also appeared wary of tying themselves to a prolonged standoff over immigration, which is being led by more liberal and progressive elements of the party. The push for protections for Dreamers led to the brief government shutdown last month.

Pelosi continued trying to leverage Democratic votes to push Ryan for a commitment that he would bring immigration forward to debate, as McConnell has promised to do next week in the Senate.

Ryan inched closer to that commitment Thursday, saying immigration would be the "next big priority" in the House.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not," Ryan said, referring to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump is ending March 5. A court case is allowing it to continue temporarily.

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