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Budget deal approved, includes significant changes for healthcare

GOP to play hardball with Dems on funding bill Greg Nash
Ellis Copeland | 11 February, 2018, 10:29

The US House of Representatives has joined the Senate in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the Government's business.

Facing their self-imposed February 8 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, both parties could have agreed to yet another short-term funding deal to buy more time for a longer-term spending plan and an agreement on immigration.

The agreement would also ensure funding for domestic priorities pushed by Democrats including disaster relief, health centers and fighting a surging opioid epidemic.

President Trump tweeted his thumbs-up for a bipartisan budget deal hatched by Senate leaders Wednesday, signaling to House conservatives they should get behind the compromise.

This means that a short term shutdown of just a few hours could be over by the time government workers wake up Friday morning.

While Schumer said the spending plan is good for New Yorkers, his fellow Democrat, Maloney, said, "This budget-busting deal is bad for my neighbors in the Hudson Valley".

However, the Senate deal does not resolve the issue of immigration, a key point for house Democrats.

"We have reached the budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of", he said.

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But the defense-CR package is unlikely to fly in the Senate, meaning senators will need to make changes to the stopgap measure and "ping-pong" it back to the House. He called it "the best thing we've done" for the middle class and the economy. Trump announced he would end the program in September but gave Congress six months to pass a law to extend it. That puts pressure on Republicans, who could still pass a bill in the House even if almost all Democrats voted against it.

Mr McConnell and Mr Schumer said the deal was the product of extensive negotiations between both parties and the White House, which reacted positively to developments on Capitol Hill. The Senate has already promised that vote.

The House passed a bill Tuesday to fund the government through March 23, along with a full year of funding for the Pentagon.

With the House approval and President Donald Trump's expected signature, the government will reopen before many Americans knew it had closed, with a deal that includes about $300 billion in additional funds over two years for military and non-military programmes.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a record-breaking 8-hour speech on the House floor Wednesday, telling the stories of DREAMers without a break to object to the budget plan's failure to protect those immigrants.

The debt ceiling will be raised by the appropriate amount until March 2019.

That budget agreement would eliminate the budget caps - set in 2011 to reduce the federal deficit - paving the way for Congress to increase defense spending by $165 billion and hike domestic spending by $131 billion over the next two years. However, it does not include funding for border security or deal with protecting young illegal migrants brought to the United States as children. "I'd have written it differently, because I think there are some public policy issues that we'll probably have to address later on because they could have an effect of actually raising list prices", Walden said Thursday, before the shutdown.

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