Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Senate reaches bipartisan budget deal, House opposition emerges

Senate reaches bipartisan budget deal, House opposition emerges

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY have both championed the agreement as a bipartisan breakthrough that would end the destabilizing cycle of short-term spending bills that lawmakers have had to pass repeatedly to keep the lights on at government agencies.

Ryan is adamant that neither he nor the Republican House caucus will put forth a bill in the House that is not in-line with the president's stance on immigration, a likely reference to chain migration-the key issue in the ongoing immigration debate in Congress.

Democrats are not taking that approach this time around and Mr Trump's fellow Republicans, who control both Chambers of Congress, are eager to keep spending and immigration separate. Spending for non-defense programs would increase $63 billion this year and $68 billion next year.

"No one would suggest it is flawless, but we worked hard to find common ground", said McConnell, adding that the defense funding would "ensure that for the first time in years our armed services have more of the resources they need to keep America safe".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a defence hawk, said it was the "best news for the military. since 2011".

At a White House briefing, Mattis told reporters the Pentagon needs Congress to "support a two-year budget agreement for our military".

Leaders in the U.S. Senate announced Wednesday they have agreed on a deal to increase the federal debt limit and boost investments in military and domestic programs, including efforts to address the opioid epidemic.

Congress has to reach a deal before government funding runs out at midnight on Thursday, when a one-month spending bill is set to expire.

"Work on immigration is one thing, we've been working on immigration for a long time", Curbelo said. In recent days, Donald Trump even expressed his support for another shutdown if he was unable to get enough funding for border security in a deal on immigration.

He said the budget deal was a "genuine breakthrough" after months of legislative logjams.

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Pelosi seized the House floor in a rare filibuster-like speech that began about 10 a.m. EST.

The deal contains far more money demanded by Democrats than had seemed possible only weeks ago, including $90 billion in disaster aid for Florida and Texas. Fiscal conservatives, like Sens.

But liberal stalwarts might also revolt, over the sensitive issue of immigration and the fate of millions of undocumented migrants.

House conservatives balked at the compromise bill being prepared by their counterparts in the Senate.

However, not much has been mentioned about what the proposed agreement includes to protect "DREAMer" immigrants - a sticking point that might affect the potential for the bill to pass the House.

Democrats have sought to link the federal funding debate to a permanent solution for hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

The California congresswoman has called for the bill to include a provision shielding so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children, from deportation.

"Anyone who votes for the Senate budget deal is colluding with this President and this administration to deport Dreamers. The Republican moral cowardness must end", Pelosi said near the beginning of the speech. Under Trump's order a year ago, DACA was set to end March 5, but a court challenge is allowing it to continue for now.

"This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among Congressional leaders and the White House", McConnell said.

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