US Senate passes funding bill in bid to end shutdown

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Hailed as a master tactician, McConnell should build a veto-proof bipartisan coalition that will open the door for these young immigrants to contribute to their adopted nation of immigrants. The White House later clarified that it did not expect the Budget deal to include specifics on immigration.

One Republican present at the White House round table, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, disagreed with the president about provoking a government shutdown.

The federal government will shutter non-essential operations Thursday at midnight unless Congress passes a spending plan. Although the bill outlines budget goals for the next two years, lawmakers will face another deadline of March 23 to approve detailed agency appropriations. If you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have: the House has passed its fifth short-term spending bill since October. Yes.

The bill was equally delayed in the House after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made an impassioned case to her colleagues this week to vote against a bipartisan measure negotiated by her Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The plan will need to be passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate, both controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, before going to the president to sign.

Senate leaders reached an agreement Wednesday afternoon on the proposed budget, which would increase federal spending by about $400 billion over two years.

Defense spending would increase by $80 billion over current law in this fiscal year and $85 billion in the one that begins October 1.

Once Congress lifts the caps, the two parties would then have to agree on exactly how much individual programs would receive. The deal was also praised by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.


"Without that commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", Pelosi said.

Mr. McConnell said lawmakers are on their way to getting a caps agreement "very soon", and Mr. Schumer said they're closer than they ever have been to a deal.

Defense hawks and moderates said the deal was an imperfect but decent compromise while conservatives blasted it as an ill-advised budget-buster.

Democrats blocked a stopgap spending bill in January, triggering a three-day federal shutdown, in part to protest Congress' inaction on DACA, an Obama administration program Trump set to expire March 5.

"We'll cross that bridge when we get to it", Huizenga said. "To say I am discouraged by the outcome of these negotiations would be an understatement". "It's okay to turn your back and walk away from Dreamers, and I think that's unfortunate". "We worked hard to find common ground and remained focused on serving the American people".

The disappointment extended to DACA recipients like 26-year-old Edwin Romero, of Dallas, who born in Mexico and brought to United States at the age of 6.

Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the hardline conservative Freedom Caucus, was even more blunt.

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