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What's in US Senate deal on spending, debt ceiling

08 February 2018

The bill also raises the debt limit and extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 10 years instead of the current six.

A conservative revolt would mean Ryan would need Democrats to support the deal - and Pelosi sounds willing to withhold that support if she doesn't get a vote on DACA. "No one would suggest it was flawless, but we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The agreement would also set up $140 billion in war funding and $20 billion more for other emergency spending. "This still also increases budget caps, ends the sequester, and provides certainty for the next two years", she added.

"The compromise we have reached will ensure that for the first time in years, our armed forces will have more of the resources they need to keep America safe", McConnell said.

I'm happy to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement. Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the pact a genuine breakthrough.

Do they give their support, given that there is increased funding for domestic issues like education and veterans affairs - a major victory considering Republicans ordinarily want to cut federal spending?

Along with tax cuts backed by Trump and pushed through Congress by Republicans, the spending deal would add to the fiscal deficit, which hit $666 billion in the 2017 fiscal year.

On Tuesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly threw fuel on the dispute as he defended Trump's proposed solution.

The deal would increase defense spending almost $100 billion in 2018, a more-than-15 percent increase over 2017 base-plus-OCO spending.

The temporary funding measure would also reauthorize funding for community health centers, which enjoy widespread bipartisan support. We're working on something here in the House, we're working on bipartisan negotiations, it is going to be a bill that we support, that the President supports. But the House is another matter. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, said the bill is "a debt junky's dream".

Details of the defense spending increases were not immediately available, but Republicans have been seeking a boost of more than $50 billion this year.

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"This is a bad, bad, bad, bad - you could say "bad" a hundred times - deal", said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus.

Democrats seemed similarly conflicted. Pelosi said on the House floor on Wednesday.

Pelosi took to the House floor for hours Wednesday morning to read the stories of DREAMers and object to any budget plan that does not protect them, even though she acknowledged the Senate deal reflects many Democratic priorities.

It includes large increases on defense spending, funding to combat opioid addiction and substance abuse, and money for disaster relief efforts.

Which returns us to the issue of whether enough Democrats in the House will vote for the Senate bill. Trump has said he plans to kill DACA next month.

Both Democrats and Republicans favor lifting the caps.

They got crucial support from House Speaker Paul Ryan, who laid out the terms of the deal to House Republicans in a closed-door meeting.

Lawmakers face an imminent deadline.

Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranMcConnell urging MS gov to appoint himself if Cochran resigns: report A pro-science approach to Yucca Mountain appropriations Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (R-Miss.), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urged his Senate colleagues to back the legislation noting that they need it to keep the government open.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said they were making progress on an agreement to fund the government after the US House of Representatives passed its own budget bill on Tuesday.

House Democrats are still pushing for a commitment from the Speaker to take up specific pieces of DACA legislation in order to unlock their votes. A Senate vote on the measure could occur as soon as Wednesday, though leaders have not yet scheduled any floor activity.

What's in US Senate deal on spending, debt ceiling