Lawmakers seek to finalize spending bill as storm looms

Lawmakers seek to finalize spending bill as storm looms

"We made very clear to the country, we made a promise to the country that we'd rebuild our nation's military", said House Speak Paul Ryan during Republican leaders' weekly press conference Tuesday.

After two shutdowns and five stop-gap spending bills, House Republican leaders are expected to release a $1.3 trillion spending bill in the coming days that would fund the government through September 30, the end of the this fiscal year. The flashpoints include everything from funding for a wall along the U.S.

The development came as talks continued on a massive US$1.3 trillion catchall spending bill that is required to avoid another government shutdown on Friday. Democrats say the court ruling does remove the urgency for the DREAMers and they are pushing for permanent protections.

"Just had a meeting with a variety of senators who seemed surprised that some of the offers made by the administration were rejected out of hand", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said after a meeting with Senate Democrats Tuesday.

"You will have doctors, teachers, maybe members of the military in a very hard position", Durbin said.

And the Democrats' desire for $900 million to help fund the Gateway project, a tunnel from Manhattan to New Jersey, is being resisted by Trump despite the support of some GOP lawmakers.

The bill must be passed by both the House and Senate and signed by President Trump before Saturday, or there will be another partial shutdown of federal agencies.

Lawmakers were also haggling over several other contentious items, including proposals to address gun violence and funding for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River into New York's Penn Station. A February 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, has given impetus to the bill, as well as another that would spend money to help schools defend themselves against gun violence but without putting new limits on weapons sales.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected House Republicans to release the bill later Tuesday.

A major boost in defense spending was authorized last month as part of a two-year budget deal and the fiscal 2018 spending bill intends to carry out that mandate, along with a requirement for $131 billion in increased non-defense spending over two years.

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