US House set for budget battle ahead of shutdown deadline
US House set for budget battle ahead of shutdown deadline
09 February, 2018, 03:35
"Last month, Schumer's team was willing to force a government shutdown to enforce the broader party's insistence that DACA be a part of spending and budgeting deals".
Senate leaders said Wednesday that they cut a deal on two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with nearly $300 billion above existing limits - but that does not address the border wall or other immigration reforms.
The deal removes sequestration budget caps for two years, increases defense spending and also boosts funding for domestic programs that were priorities for Democrats, such as opioid addiction programs.
"The budget deal doesn't have everything Democrats want; it doesn't have everything the Republicans want, but it has what the American people need", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
He said the budget deal was a "genuine breakthrough" after months of legislative logjams.
The continuing resolution (CR), which passed the House 245-182, would fund the Defense Department for the rest of fiscal 2018 and keep the rest of the government's lights on until March 23.
"I'm heartened that Congress recognizes the sobering effect of budgetary uncertainty on America's military and on the men and women who provide for our nation's defense", Mattis said during the White House briefing. "I think it's timeMitch McConnell goes to 51 votes in the Senate, the heck with allowing Chuck Schumer and a few of his colleagues to set the agenda for the rest of the Trump agenda, it's just not appropriate".
Chuck Schumer, the leader of the SenateDemocrats, said the deal should break the cycle of partisan fights over spending. But now, he says, Republicans and Democrats are "spending us into oblivion".
While the agreement does not includeimmigration, McConnell said an upcoming debate on legislation would include an amendment process to "ensure a level playing field" between lawmakers. The conservative House Freedom Caucus has already indicated it will not support the spending increases.
Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has been holding a marathon speech on Wednesday, demanding legal status for immigrants brought into the United States illegally as children.
The bill is likely to receive lose Republican votes from fiscal conservatives, so Pelosi's leverage may become critical if it is to pass.
At the same time, many liberal Democrats wanted to withhold their support as leverage to win concessions on immigration policy. On the latest batch of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page texts, Meadows said this is the first written confirmation that members of the Obama administration were involved in the Russian dossier on President Trump.
Meanwhile, President Trump said Tuesday afternoon at a White House roundtable on MS-13 gang violence, "I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't see this taken care of".
The government has until midnight to pass a bipartisan budget deal that would increase spending by $300 billion over the next two years.
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