Uncertainty in House as a New Government Shutdown Looms

Uncertainty in House as a New Government Shutdown Looms

The new budget plan includes an extra $312 billion before 2019 to be directed toward both domestic programs, as sought by Democrats, and military funding, as promised by President Donald Trump.

Despite the rare show of bipartisanship in the upper chamber, the agreement faces skepticism and resistance from both sides of the aisle in the House. The limit on military spending would be increased by $80 billion in the current fiscal year and by $85 billion in the next year, which begins October 1, the aide said.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., touted many Democratic priorities, including a two-year extension of funding for community health centers, a 10-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and money to fight the opioid drug crisis.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget "is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations", an OMB official said on condition of anonymity, calling on lawmakers to get the measure to President Donald Trump's desk "without delay".

Senate leaders pressed to approve the measure Thursday and send it to the House for a confirming vote before the government begins to shut down at midnight.

"I think this proposal... is absolute proof that the majority is unable to govern", said Rep. Louise Slaughter, the ranking Democrat on the rules committee.

"Anyone who votes for the Senate budget deal is colluding with this President and this administration to deport Dreamers".

Meanwhile, many House Democrats have expressed reservations that the bill does not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, which is set to expire on March 5. "No one would suggest it is flawless, but we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in announcing the agreement.


Less than three weeks after the U.S. government shut down for three days after Democratic senators would not support a spending Bill that did not include protection for young undocumented immigrants, the threat of another shutdown loomed large this week. About $160 billion would go to the Pentagon and about $128 billion would to non-defense programs.

McConnell and Schumer announced an agreement Wednesday to avoid a second government shutdown, but Pelosi says the immigration issue stands in the way.

The pushback was strong enough that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was involved in negotiating the compromise, was so moved by the frustration when she presented the deal to her caucus that she took the House floor for a record-breaking eight hours straight on Wednesday, reading stories of DACA recipients. Nondefense spending limits would be raised by $131 billion over two years - $63 billion this year and $68 billion in 2019. Now it seems likely spending will surge upward as well, despite the Trump administration's promises of an austere budget past year.

At this point, Ryan has not signaled he is considering giving that to House Democrats.

The $300 billion agreement would increase defense funding by $80 million in the current fiscal year and $85 billion in the next fiscal year, which begins October 1.

The two year budget deal has technically not yet passed the Senate, but with the support of Schumer and McConnell it is expected to clear.

Mr Brooks, a member of the Freedom Caucus, a congressional group of budget hawks, dubbed the bill a "debt junkie's dream". Democrats strongly oppose that measure because they say it short shrifts domestic spending.

Pelosi said she would not back the agreement unless Ryan committed to allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to protect from deportation hundreds of thousands of "Dreamers", young people brought illegally to the United States as children.

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