Spending Deal May Hinge on Federal Study of Gun Violence

Democrats want federal money for gun violence research. Republicans want to halt Syrian refugees.

And the two parties may be willing to trade green energy tax cuts for an end to the crude oil export ban.

That’s the state of play of behind-the-scenes negotiations on tax cut legislation and a $1.1 trillion, long-term spending bill that would fund the federal government until the end of fiscal year 2016.

“We are proffering back and forth,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday, after the Democrats sent a new spending offer to the GOP Wednesday night.