Senate Reaches Bipartisan Spending Deal...Without DACA

Schumer said he is working closely with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the pair "are closer to an agreement than we have ever been".

McConnell said the bill had required "extensive negotiation", and while "no one would suggest its flawless, . we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people". The caps deal will likely need Democratic support and some Democrats have been emphatic that they don't want to agree to raise budget caps until they have assurances that recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program will be protected. The agreement would also set up $140 billion in war funding and $20 billion more for other emergency spending. Under budget caps set in 2011, defense spending would have been capped at $549 billion this year.

I'm happy to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement. The bottom line is this has an terrible lot for Democrats to like, but perhaps more importantly, is extremely consequential for Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer's caucus. He called it "the best thing we've done" for the middle class and the economy.

That idea, however, a nonstarter with Senate Democrats, who insist that increases to both the Pentagon and domestic programs advance at the same time.

Defence spending had been slated to increase by $63 billion this year and $68 billion next year.

The agreement provides $4 billion over two years to rebuild and fix Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics that have deferred maintenance and other critical infrastructure projects.

It would increase defence spending by US$80 billion over current law in this financial year and US$85 billion in the one that begins October 1, according to a congressional official familiar with the plan.

The temporary funding measure would also reauthorize funding for community health centers, which enjoy widespread bipartisan support. But the House is another matter.

"To summarize it: This spending bill is a debt junkie's dream", Brooks said. "It'll get us off of this treadmill of (short-term spending bills) and out of these circular firing squad discussions".

Some House Republicans, meanwhile, have already objected to the bill on the grounds that it spends way too much money.

Democrats seemed similarly conflicted.

House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stated prior to McConnell's announcement that she won't support passing the budget bill, and encourages others to do the same.

There's also $4 billion for construction for veterans hospitals and clinics, $6 billion to fight the opioid crisis and fund mental health programs, and $4 billion for college aid.

"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 number of members of our caucus", Pelosi said. Pelosi is holding out for a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on immigration.

He's calling on members of both parties to "support our troops and support this Bill!"

Senate lawmakers are preparing for an open floor debate on immigration sometime next week, which McConnell has promised will result in some kind of final DACA package.

Congress faces another deadline on a separate front.

President Trump tweeted his thumbs-up for a bipartisan budget deal hatched by Senate leaders Wednesday, signaling to House conservatives they should get behind the compromise.

Regardless of what happens with this broader spending deal, Congress will still have to pass a short-term stopgap measure to prevent the government from shutting down when the current stopgap funding bill expires Thursday at midnight.

But there are still major steps that need to be taken, so expect an exciting next 48 hours. "DACA, I felt we did make progress today, but we're not close yet", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told The Daily Caller, adding he doesn't think House Democrats will block a Senate-passed measure. Although it was not immediately clear how many Democrats would follow Pelosi's lead, her announcement raised new uncertainty about whether congressional leaders would be able to finalize the deal as planned Wednesday.

"Many, if not all of us, look at the issue of DACA and immigration and how we treat immigrants in this country as the civil rights issue of our day", Crowley said.

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