Negotiators reach agreement to fund government, avoid shutdown

May 03, 2017, 00:04
Negotiators reach agreement to fund government, avoid shutdown

The agreement would keep federal operations running through September 30, the end of the fiscal year. "Overwhelmingly, we were pleased with the outcome".

The president said his party "either needs to elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 percent". And they agreed to increase funding by US$650 million in 2017 to address the nation's opioid addiction crisis.

No money was included for Trump's proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall. Trump wants to eliminate the program.

But the spending deal doesn't fulfill any of those Trump wishes. And there will be funding increases for clean energy and science.

Among those breathing a sigh of relief was Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

Full details of the agreement on a spending bill are yet to be made public.

-$3 billion for community development block grants.

"That will be very beneficial", said Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo. But Democrats portrayed themselves as having the upper hand in the negotiations by securing funding for Planned Parenthood and omitting any money for a wall along the southern border of the United States.

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_Great Lakes. The bill rejects Trump's call to cut $50 million in Great Lakes funding to support fishing, boating, hunting and stopping invasive species.

The measure funds the remainder of the 2017 budget year, through September 30, rejecting cuts to popular domestic programs targeted by Trump such as medical research, the Environmental Protection Agency, and infrastructure grants.

"Make no mistake, the wall is going to be built", Spicer said.

Last Monday, Trump dropped his demand that the spending bill include a down payment for his wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"The funding increase for FY17 will provide additional resources to make the region safer for residents", Reed said, regarding the Cattaraugus County nuclear waste facility. Asked to explain Trump's advocacy for a shutdown, Mulvaney said, "Right now I'm not anxious about September, I'm anxious about this deal that's in front of us".

Of the lawmakers that represent Western New York, only Sen.

MCEVERS: Why are Democrats so happy about this deal?

"Senator Gillibrand is still reviewing the legislation", said Whitney Brennan, the senator's spokesperson.

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Trump said the reason that Republicans could not prevail on all of his priorities in the trillion-dollar budget plan that pays for government spending through September 30 "is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!"

Mr Trump's proposed cuts for the State Department were largely ignored, and the deal even inserted about US$1 billion for starvation prevention and relief into the department's budget.

Collins, for one, acknowledged Schumer's effectiveness. That requirement is especially relevant in the aftermath of Trump's airstrikes in Syria last month.

Some reports in the press weren't so generous.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats also ignored Trump's proposal to cut billions of dollars from domestic programs.

Trump has not yet signed the budget deal but is expected to do so, despite his misgivings about the compromises.

Trump, meanwhile, appeared to shortchange Schumer.

On Trump's latest Tweets, McCain said: "I wish he'd think twice before tweeting".

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In his Twitter message, Trump suggested he would be willing to let USA government funding lapse later this year in an effort to pressure Democrats to agree to more of his budget priorities. Brian Schatz, who tweeted, "The President just called for a government shutdown this fall". "I can only assume that the 2018 budget will be similarly mainstream and constructive". "It bodes well for working together". I mean did they get anything in return?

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