President Trump signs budget deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 09, 2018,
Feb 09, 2018, 19:43
Conservative Republicans also have a problem with the bill, they see increased spending as fiscally irresponsible.
Defence spending had been slated to increase by $63 billion this year and $68 billion next year. The government is now operating on its fourth continuing resolution of the fiscal year, and it expires on Thursday at midnight.
While the Senate has an agreement, that's not the case in the house. Pelosi says, "Without that commitment from Speaker Ryan, comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large member of our Congress". That effort could delay a Senate vote until 1 a.m. Friday, past the deadline for keeping the government open. And "far Left" Democrats are unhappy that the deal does not guarantee a vote on immigration legislation to protect lakhs of young, illegal immigrants.
"No, I'm just telling people why I'm voting the way I'm voting", Pelosi told reporters. In a feisty speech from the Senate floor, he demanded a vote for an amendment he is pushing that would restore budget caps that the spending deal seeks to lift.
Entering Thursday, opposition on both sides of the aisle threatened to sink the budget agreement in the House. They've moved it back here to the capitol to be close by for any last-minute votes.
"As I've said publicly many times, our upcoming immigration debate on #DACA, border security, & other issues will be a process that is fair to all sides".
The budget bill, which was unveiled by Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday, was welcomed as a rare showing of political cooperation in Washington, which has been plagued by months of squabbling.
The Freedom Caucus includes roughly three dozen Republican conservatives opposed to spending that balloons the federal deficit.
On Wednesday, the White House said it supported the bill.
The Senate has passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government.
The deal would repeal an Obamacare board charged with controlling health care costs, which has always been criticized by Republicans. 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.
He objected to the deal's lifting of budget caps over the next two years, which will add to the deficit.