Senate leaders reach sweeping spending deal

Katrina Barker
February 9, 2018

The White House said Thursday (Feb 8) it was preparing for a United States government shutdown as Congress hit a stumbling block in its efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight. "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", Pelosi said.

"We don't need a government shutdown on this", said Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., whose district in the Washington suburbs is home to many federal workers.

If the Senate approves the measure, the 652-page budget bill would then go to the House, where it faces stiff opposition from liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans.

According to the framework in place [VIDEO], the budget deal would increased military and non-defense spending by a projected amount of $300 billion over the next two years, in addition to adding over $80 billion for disaster relief aid.

The deal also provides nearly $90bn for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, which have been hard-hit by hurricanes in the a year ago.

Sanders says it will move the White House away from "crisis to crisis budgeting".

Meadows told MSNBC Wednesday that a bipartisan deal will draw "120 or 140 Democrats and maybe about the same on Republicans sending this to the president's desk". She said earlier Wednesday that House Democrats won't back the plan without a commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to allow an open debate on immigration legislation, similar to a promise made by McConnell.

"Very pleased to announce alongside @SenateMajLdr that we have reached a two-year budget deal that will benefit our country in so many ways", Schumer wrote on Twitter, referring to McConnell.

At any other time, House Democrats would have taken a domestic spending victory and moved on.

Senator Chuck Schumer said negotiators are "making significant progress" on a spending deal.

The plan would avert a government shutdown, but it wouldn't offer any peace of mind to hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers, who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that will end in March.

In a statement, he also said the agreement includes investments in infrastructure and resources to combat the opioid crisis, as well as almost $90 billion in disaster relief for hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and the US Virgin Islands.

The House's top Democrat swung out against the latest plan.

The House on Tuesday passed such a bill to fund the government through March 23, which also included a full year of defense spending.

On Tuesday, the House voted to pass a short-term government spending bill that would also provide new funding to the military through September. Democrats and Republicans have been wrangling over the numbers for months, with many GOP lawmakers underscoring the importance of upping military spending and many Democrats pressing for those increases to be matched with more federal dollars on the domestic side. The program gave a deportation reprieve to young illegal immigrants who came to the children.

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