House and Senate leaders today reached a tentative agreement with the White House to hold FY08 spending to $936.5 billion,
which is $3.7 billion above President Bush's request, sources told CongressDaily. The extra money above Bush's top-line would
be solely for the Veterans Affairs Department, in keeping with the Democrats' pledge to provide the largest increase in the
agency's 77-year history. The White House also agreed to emergency spending above that top-line, although the final package
had not been settled. The measure will be on the House floor Tuesday and the Senate is expected to clear it by the end of
A fuller story will be posted soon on CongressDaily's Web site.