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    Budget, Disaster Relief Have a Wall to Scale

    Is it the perfect storm? Congress begins its autumn session this week facing a government shutdown, a red-state disaster and President Donald Trump’s wall. The president’s made non-funding the border barrier a deal-breaker in budget negotiations, which must raise the debt ceiling and formulate a spending package by Sept. 30 to keep federal agencies operating. To kick things off, Democratic and Republican legislative leaders will meet Wednesday with the chief executive, who’s requested an initial $7.8 billion for Texas hurricane relief that promises to delay wall funding yet again.

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