Senate to vote on 2-year, $400B budget deal ahead of deadline

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer negotiated a budget agreement that will receive a full chamber vote Thursday Photo by Al Drago/UPI | License Photo

By Susan McFarland – UPI

 To avoid the second government shutdown in less than a month, the U.S. Senate on Thursday will vote on a two-year budget deal bipartisan leaders have negotiated.

If the deal is passed by the Senate, it will be sent to the House. If the House approves the proposal, it moves to the White House for President Donald Trump‘s signature.

If no resolution is reached by midnight Thursday, the government will run out of money.

The full Senate is expected to vote on the proposal as early as Thursday morning.

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

Negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the deal comes after months of partisan disagreements that ended in a three-day government shut down last month.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening praised the agreement in a tweet.

“The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military,” Trump tweeted. “It ends the dangerous sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great. Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill!”

The Senate deal includes of several Democratic demands but excludes immigration policy changes, particularly the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is something House Democrats may not be willing to forfeit.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a record-breaking speechon the House Floor Wednesday in defense of DACA.

Pelosi, D-Calif., exercised her right as Democrats’ House leader to speak for as long as she wants to address the Senate bipartisan federal spending deal’s lack of a solution for so-called Dreamers, who benefit from the DACA program that’s set to expire March 5.

Pelosi said she and a “large number” of House Democrats will oppose any deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to a future open immigration debate.

The budget deal also extends Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other funding priorities, like $7 billion in funding for community health centers, $6 billion to fight opioid addiction, $4 billion to rebuild veterans’ hospitals and clinics, $2 billion for health research $20 billion for infrastructure programs.

The bill would also provide overdue disaster funding for hurricane-devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military. It ends the dangerous sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great. Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill!

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