Government shutdown: US House passes stopgap spending bill

Government shutdown: US House passes stopgap spending bill

Government shutdown: US House passes stopgap spending bill

The Senate on Wednesday reached a bipartisan agreement that would allocate a defense budget of $700 billion in fiscal year 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Mr. Schumer said the Democrats' negotiating position had not changed: they were looking for increases in defense spending to be met with equivalent increases in domestic spending, or what they are now calling "middle class programs".

From the increase in domestic spending, Schumer said the deal includes $20 billion for infrastructure, $6 billion for the opioid crisis and mental health, $5.8 billion for child care, and $4 billion for Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

The full Senate is expected to vote on the proposal Thursday afternoon.

Trump has said he is open to a deal for the Dreamers but only if he is able to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border - a main promise of his presidential campaign - and tighten up immigration policy.

The Kentucky Republican says he expects the Senate to vote on the budget bill after 1 a.m. Friday - and possibly several hours after a midnight deadline to avert a second government shutdown in three weeks.

"The budget deal doesn't have everything Democrats want".

The BBC says that many Democrats are unhappy with the bill, as it fails to address the issue of immigration.

"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".

"No one would suggest it is ideal", McConnell said in a statement hailing the deal.

The deal, agreed upon by both the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate, was immediately welcomed by the White House.

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Pelosi also told members of her caucus planning to vote "yes" on the budget deal not to telegraph those positions in order to maintain leverage, according to two Democratic sources.

Sen. Rob Portman said he was "pleased to see both parties come together and reach an agreement to increase funding for our military and make key investments to address this opioid crisis while keeping our government running".

The deal would lift the debt limit and also includes disaster relief for hurricane-stricken areas as well as a four-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The defense cap would increase to $629 billion for fiscal 2018 and $647 billion for fiscal 2019 - a total of $165 billion over the existing cap.

The pushback was strong enough that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was involved in negotiating the compromise, was so moved by the frustration when she presented the deal to her caucus that she took the House floor for a record-breaking eight hours straight on Wednesday, reading stories of DACA recipients.

The $300 billion agreement would increase defense funding by $80 million in the current fiscal year and $85 billion in the next fiscal year, which begins October 1. Like the House-passed short-term bill, the Senate measure would fund the government through March 23 while lawmakers fill in the details on longer-term spending.

Democrats previously wanted to pass a bill protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation in tandem with legislation to raise budget caps. "By leaving this vital issue unresolved, this package leaves DREAMers isolated, without a path to resolution in the House", a Democratic whip notice said.

"This spending bill is a debt junky's dream", said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama.

"That would be a complete betrayal", he told reporters, adding that "a lot" of Democrats would feel the same.

"Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", she said.

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