House averts another government shutdown and passes spending bill Video

Feb 08, 2018, 00:11
House averts another government shutdown and passes spending bill Video

With a Thursday night deadline looming, Congress is working to avoid another partial government shutdown. McConnell reached an agreement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to reopen the government after three days by pledging to bring up legislation meant to address the DACA issue, "so long as the government remains open". "I sincerely hope I never face that again", said Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTourism companies use "s--hole countries" remark to promote tourism in Africa Trump makes case he's stoking American dream Dem whip pushes back on "four pillars" approach to Dreamers MORE (Ill.).

Republicans were sidetracked in the fall with tax reform, and Democrats halted headway last month to demand progress on protections for Dreamers, immigrants who had been brought to the US illegally as children.

That introduced doubts as to whether the plan could pass in House, where prominent GOP conservatives are also opposed to the higher spending. It would contain nearly $300 billion over current limits on defense and domestic accounts.

"It's like the second largest spending increase in the last decade - second only to the Obama stimulus package", said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Pelosi's statement reveals the deep schisms within the Democratic Party between those willing to show some flexibility now after a three-day shutdown and those who are dug in on immigration. It also would postpone a reckoning with the federal debt limit.

January's shutdown came after Democrats sought to have a spending bill include protections for the Dreamers that Trump has rescinded effective in March. While leaders carve out a deal, President Trump [VIDEO] has threatened a #government shutdown if a deal cannot be reached.

House GOP leaders are moving ahead with a plan to keep the government funded into mid-March, but there's a catch that Democratic leaders aren't going to like.

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Democrats want to ensure equal increases for domestic and military programs.

The two-year deal would lift spending caps imposed by a failed 2011 budget deal, according to The Associated Press.

Senate Democrats chose to delay their fight to protect the almost 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, which in part led to last month's three-day shutdown.

Democrats also cited as a win an agreement for $6 billion over two years to address the scourge of opioid abuse, along with another $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health over the same period.

The budget bill would set levels for fiscal 2018 and 2019.

In the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to bring immigration to the floor for a rare open debate. "It will help us serve the veterans who have bravely served us".

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Worst case, senators said Monday, the chamber will strip the defense funding from the House bill and move a short-term bill that includes a handful of other priorities.

A congressional source familiar with the agreement said it would increase non-defense spending by $131 billion and include $20 billion for infrastructure spending.

House Democrats were scheduled to leave town for their annual caucus retreat-this year, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland-but will now stay in town until the final bill passes.

McConnell has committed to a freewheeling debate on immigration if the Senate is still open after February 8.

"Let Congress work its will", Pelosi said.

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