Bipartisan budget deal expected later on Wednesday -White House official

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Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced on Wednesday that he and Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan agreement on a two-year federal budget that Schumer said could "positively impact" middle-class New Yorkers.

Many Democrats support the budget deal, but were unhappy with the compromise because it doesn't tackle immigration - specifically addressing the plight of DREAMers, including the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the US illegally after being brought to the country as children and who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to expire on March 5.

U.S. Senate lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bipartisan budget deal which will set government spending framework for fiscal 2018 and 2019 in order to avoid a government shutdown. His fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

The bill, backed by Republican President Donald Trump, would end for some time the fiscal policy squabbling that has consumed Congress for months.

"All we want is a chance, all we want is an opportunity to address these issues that are important to our communities". Instead, McConnell will allow an open debate on possible immigration solutions on the Senate floor, beginning as early as next week- a promise he made to end a three-day shutdown last month.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he and McConnell "worked well together for the good of the American people".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is now compelled to put a bill on the floor that a majority of his conference does not like - or take responsibility for a shutdown.

McConnell 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.

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Since then, Trump has extended an immigration compromise with Democrats, going far beyond the "Dreamers" they want to protect and offering to provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens.

The news comes after much early morning theatrics in the US Capitol building, which ended when lawmakers finally approved a two-year spending plan - a deal that appeased most Republicans and Democrats, but infuriated budget hawks.

Senate Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration, specifically on seeking extended protections for the "Dreamer" immigrants. He says non-military spending "will never come down" without electing more Republicans in the 2018 elections.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said the deal would raise spending by "just shy" of $300 billion.

USA federal government is running on a short-term spending bill which expires on February 8.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his full support to the bill to try to rally others in chamber to also vote yes - saying the military is at risk without the money, while acknowledging the deal includes partisan compromises and isn't flawless.

"We support an increase in funding for our military and our middle class".

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