Senate Announces 2-Year Budget Deal That's A Huge Win For GOP

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The U.S. Senate, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Wednesday reached a two-year budget deal to raise federal spending by nearly $300 billion, in an attempt to end the kind of squabbling over fiscal issues that has plagued Washington for years.

A bipartisan budget deal that would fund several healthcare programs has support from Senate leadership, but House Democrats looking to secure a vote on immigration reform are poised to withhold votes for the funding package.

"The compromise we've 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", Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.

The day before what would have been another shutdown, Republicans and Democrats struck a 2-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that upon passage will segue into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) promised DACA debate.

The Senate was expected to take up the House Bill yesterday and likely change it, requiring it to go back to the House for further action, with a deadline looming today for the Bill to be finished and signed by President Donald Trump.

United States lawmakers sought to clinch a sweeping budget deal Wednesday that would set spending levels for two years and end the immediate threat of another government shutdown, on the eve of a new deadline for federal funding. It would also authorize funds for disaster aid, community health centers, the Children's Health Insurance Program and fighting the opioid crisis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) admitted the proposal was far from "a flawless bill", but called it "our best chance ... to make progress on issues directly affecting the American people".

The Republican House of Representatives speaker says he believes it will pass.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the domestic spending increases were too much for him and other conservatives to stomach. But that bill was thought to be largely dead on arrival since the Senate would negotiate its own deal, which the House would eventually accept. But its fate in the House remains unclear, with both Democrats and Republicans facing internal party divisions over the deal.

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And liberal stalwarts including top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi were also in revolt, because the deal does nothing to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

"The bottom line is that we can now have the strongest military we have ever had", she said.

A little after 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., began a one-minute speech on the House floor.

"I'm confident that no senator on either side of the aisle believes this is a flawless bill", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said.

The Ohio Republican added: "Every day approximately 11 Ohioans die from unintentional drug overdoses, so I am pleased this proposal provides an additional $6 billion over two years to help combat this opioid crisis". The debt limit would be suspended through March of 2019, Sanders said, putting the next vote on it safely past this year's midterm elections.

On Thursday, the Republican House speaker promised to offer an immigration "solution" once the chamber has passed the budget bill.

Passage prospects in the House are somewhat uncertain.

The agreement would give the Pentagon an $80 billion increase for the current budget year for core defense programs, a 14 percent increase over current limits and $26 billion more than Trump's budget request. Under Trump's order previous year, DACA was set to end March 5, but a court challenge is allowing it to continue for now.

"The budget caps agreement includes many Democratic priorities", Pelosi said Wednesday.

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