Skip to comments.Senate leaders agree to two-year budget deal
Posted on 02/07/2018 11:24:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has announced a deal with Senate Democrats to fund the government and set spending levels for defense and nondefense programs over the next two years.
The legislation would avert a government shutdown on Friday, when federal funding is due to expire, and boost defense and nondefense programs.
It also lifts the debt ceiling to March 2019, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hailed as a decision that would move Congress away from "crisis-to-crisis budgeting."
The deal is backed by McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and will almost certainly be cleared as part of a stopgap funding measure by the Senate before a Feb. 8 deadline to prevent a shutdown.
It is not entirely sure the package will win enough support to pass the House, however.
It does not include language sheltering thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children who could face deportation next month.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she will oppose the deal without a commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to consider legislation to protect "Dreamers" and other immigrants facing possible deportation next month.
Pelosi was in the midst of a floor speech running more than three hours in the House when McConnell announced the deal. McConnell has promised a floor debate on immigration in the Senate.
Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan, comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support, Pelosi said in a statement.
Ryan is also likely to face defections from conservatives who oppose the Senate bill for various reasons. The more Republican votes he loses, the more leverage Pelosi has.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
Provides a $131 billion increase for non-defense programs $57 billion in new funding over the next two years above the cap established by the 2011 Budget Control Act.
Increase defense spending by about $80 billion over the next two years.
Sets a non-defense funding cap for 2018 that is $117 billion higher than what President Trump requested in his 2018 budget request.
Provide between $80 billion and $90 billion in disaster relief for communities hit by hurricanes and wildfires
A two-year re-authorization for community health centers, with $7 billion in total funding, and $6 billion to fight opioid addiction.
$4 billion to rebuild veterans hospitals and clinics, $2 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health and $20 billion for infrastructure programs.
Extends funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) another four years on top of the six-year extension that Congress approved last month.
Yeah, but when do we get back to regular order with separate appropriation bills?
Arent bills supposed to originate in the house?This cant be legal.
If the Dems Love it ,then McConnell should roll it and stick it
did not see a wall mentioned...
I would accept the deal, but not spend all the domestic money. Trump candidates run the various depts - they should have discretion over what gets spent.
Nope, don’t see anything in there about funding for a Wall....
ROFLMAO. What you smokin' over there?
Good news bump.
Where’s the wall?
The Origination Clause (Article I, Section 7, Clause 1) of the Constitution applies only bills for raising revenue (getting more money for the federal government). This is a spending bill, so it can originate in either House of Congress.
where’s the wall funding?
how much for the wall?
I tried to read the article, but too many popup ads came up
Budget without immigration is where we’re going. Dems not gonna give up that campaign point. This will pass.
This is a problem; the budget issue and continual risk of the shutdown of government every two weeks, that we do NOT need right now!
Put your money where your mouth is and support the Military when it counts!
Stop worrying about your grandkids they are marxists anyway! /sarc
The you know what could be a line item in the DHS budget or DOD spending. They did give the Military extra discretionary funds.
There is only ONE good thing that comes from this agreement!
Neither party can use the “fiscal concern” tactic for political purposes EVER AGAIN!
STOP SPENDING MORE MONEY THAN YOU MAKE! This is Finance 101!!
Typical guns and butter crap sandwich. Democrats get their pet projects funded, but no wall. What a great “compromise” /s
“ummmmmmmmm....Sure, we’ll ‘commit to’ revisit the DACA issue.
“The same way Democrats agree to do everything in the future.”
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