House Passes Spending Bill Ending Overnight Government Shutdown
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 10, 2018,
Feb 10, 2018, 7:32
"We knew that Minority Leader [Nancy] Pelosi was still trying to hold out for something that she was never going to get".
The deal would also include disaster aid funding, money to combat opioid abuse, some unspecified infrastructure funding, and an additional four years of money for the Children's Health Insurance Program ― bringing CHIP funding up from six years to 10.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, said she wouldn't support the budget deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to addressing the DACA program. "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support".
And liberal stalwarts including top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi were also in revolt because the deal does nothing to protect immigrants known as "Dreamers", who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, from deportation.
Paul brushed off pleas from his fellow Republicans, who billed the budget plan as an "emergency" measure needed for a depleted military. "And it's a strong signal that we can break the gridlock that has overwhelmed this body and work together for the good of the country". The program gave a deportation reprieve to young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.
But most rank-and-file members were evasive when approached about the caps deal's impact on the debt and deficit, turning to boilerplate talking points to avoid the topic.
Pelosi is under huge pressure from immigration activists and progressive lawmakers in her caucus to take a hardline for "dreamers", the young undocumented immigrants who could lose protections from deportation under a program that Donald Trump has rescinded.
Pence traveled to the Middle East during the three-day January government shutdown, with aides citing the same exception. The budget deal approved by Congress matters a lot to the Pentagon, and for domestic programs for opioids, health centers and research funding. "So if (Republicans) want to roll back their tax cuts so that we don't have such a deep, deep deficit, I would be more receptive to that", Swalwell said. "I would have to go back to the Democratic caucus and denounce any such proposal and anybody that was involved in making it". It's unclear if Senate Democrats will move to strip out the extra defense funding, or if they will attach other provisions to address their concerns.
Commandeering the House floor for more than eight hours Wednesday, Pelosi read letters from so called "Dreamers". "We have a 700-page bill that no one has read that was printed at midnight". But in the House, where Democrats don't have the same filibuster power as their counterparts in the Senate, many of them still want not just a promise of a vote, but actual movement. "What's wrong? There's something wrong with this picture", Pelosi said.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., said Thursday on All Things Considered he also wouldn't vote for the Senate bill, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus also urged its members to oppose it.
The two-year deal lifts the budget caps by roughly $300 billion, includes an increase in the debt ceiling until March 2019 and would keep the government open through March 23.
Immigration legislation is not included in the deal reached by Senate leaders.
Once known as the party of fiscal conservatism, the Republicans and Trump are quickly expanding the nation's budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) declared in a tweet that she will oppose "any long-term spending deal that does not protect" Dreamers: "Senators on both sides of the aisle have a moral obligation to fight for Dreamers as hard as we'd fight for our own families", she asserted, adding, "I have made clear, again and again, that I won't vote for any long-term spending deal that does not protect them".
The budget will now head to President Trump's desk for his signature.
"I think everybody's realistic enough to understand that - but remember we'll have every Democrat in the Senate on record", Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne, a defense hawk, said. "But this is the hand we've been dealt". Non-defense domestic discretionary would be upped by $63 billion in FY 2018 and $68 billion in FY 2019. Those figures would be slightly increased for the 2019 budget year beginning October 1.
Asked to respond to this comment Tuesday, Schumer said, "Speaks for itself". Conservatives do not support a similar increase in domestic funding, and that has been at the heart of the budgetary impasse.