US Senate leaders said Wednesday they had reached a bipartisan budget deal for 2018 and 2019-a move which, if approved by Congress, would avert a second government shutdown in just three weeks. CNBC said the House Freedom Caucus does not support the spending increases.
The deal is expected to pass through the Senate despite vocal opposition from several Democrats due to the separation of the deal from the immigration debate. According to The Washington Post, the budget plan will add more than $560 billion dollars in federal spending between continuing tax breaks, an increase in military spending and funds pledged toward domestic programs the Democrats wanted included in any budget.
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"Our Dreamers hang in limbo, with a cruel cloud of fear and uncertainty above them", Pelosi said. The cloture vote on that is expected to be Thursday, at which point they'll strip the House language, and replace it with the Senate language.
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Nadeam Elshami is executive vice president at Signal Group, a bipartisan government relations and strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C. He was chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and a 25-year veteran of Capitol Hill. Pelosi and other Democrats blasted that GOP proposal as a ruse to slash funding for domestic programs.
"Left-wing U.S. news outlet ThinkProgress said Senate Democrats had pried a "$131bn increase for non-defense programmes" out of their Republican counterparts "in exchange for leaving out a key programme protecting about 800,000 undocumented immigrants".
"American families with children who benefit with CHIP will now be able to rest easy for the next decade", Schumer said Wednesday. Nondefense spending limits would be raised by $131 billion over two years - $63 billion this year and $68 billion in 2019.
The president has said he supports a path to citizenship for 1.8 million youth eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that Trump set for termination.
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House GOP appropriators unveiled the short-term spending bill, known as continuing resolution (CR), that would also fund the military at increased levels through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30.
"We had one Trump shutdown".
News of the agreement comes ahead of the potential government shutdown at the end of Thursday.
"I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement", McConnell said.
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.
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