Senate leaders announce two-year budget deal

Senate leaders announce two-year budget deal

Senate leaders announce two-year budget deal

Last year, Trump said that the country could use a "good shutdown".

Overall, the product is closer to the kind of budget Barack Obama would have wanted, than the one that the Trump White House proposed a year ago.

The increase in spending would include about $90 billion for disaster aid, such as hurricanes and wildfires, The Washington Post reported.

McConnell said the agreement would include a major disaster relief package to help Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and other hard-hit spots recover from the last year's devastating storms.

Congress has relied on short term spending bills, or continuing resolutions, to fund the federal government this past fiscal year, but the deal would put an end to that through fiscal year 2019.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took the unusual step of holding the House floor for more than two hours to talk about her opposition to a deal, announcing that she can not support the spending deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to an open immigration debate, with the opportunity for members to offer amendments.

"Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill - one that the President supports", spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement responding to Pelosi.

"The Republican Party seems to be the party of big government in this day and age", said Brooks, though he added he doesn't think there's enough opposition to sink it.

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"I don't know when we would have another opportunity that matches today" to lock Ryan into a commitment, Pelosi said.

"If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety, and unrelated but still related, they don't want to take care of our military, then shut it down".

Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has been holding a marathon speech on Wednesday, demanding legal status for immigrants brought into the USA illegally as children.

Congress is risking another federal government shutdown as House Republicans on Tuesday approved a temporary bill loaded with extra military spending that will nearly certainly face a filibuster from Democrats - and some Republicans - in the Senate.

The budget agreement negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calls for a $63 billion increase in domestic spending and $80 billion more for defense spending. "I haven't seen what the deal is", Hoyer told The Daily Caller ahead of a DACA meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin. Ryan could potentially have to rely on half of the House Democrats voting for the plan in order for it to pass.

The Senate rejected that House-passed bill on Thursday and is expected to replace the short-term spending bill with the broader budget agreement later Thursday afternoon.

Congressional Democrats have canceled their annual retreat as they remain in Washington this week to be available for votes on a possible spending plan.

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