Kristi Noem

Money's not the main issue as lawmakers tackle spending bill

Money's not really the holdup in talks on a huge $1.3 trillion spending bill that's making its way through Capitol Hill.

It's battles over abortion and President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall that are roiling negotiations on the massive measure, not to mention that Trump has threatened to veto the entire bill over an expensive railway project sought by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

The must-do measure is almost six months behind schedule and lawmakers are scrambling to forge an agreement to meet a March 23 deadline to avoid another government shutdown. At its core, the bill would flesh out last month's bipartisan budget deal and give both...