House vote set to avoid shutdown and fund Pentagon for full year

House vote set to avoid shutdown and fund Pentagon for full year

House vote set to avoid shutdown and fund Pentagon for full year

"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.

"We came together with an agreement that is very good for the American people", Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.

It was the second shutdown this year under the Republican-controlled Congress and Trump, who played little role in attempts by party leaders this week to end months of fiscal squabbling.

The agreement reportedly would bust through budget caps for fiscal 2018 and 2019 to raise federal spending by about $300 billion in total.

With a budget deal wrapped, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already started the procedural hurdles to begin an open Senate debate next week on immigration.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a defence hawk, said it was the "best news for the military. since 2011". "And it will ensure funding for important efforts such as disaster relief, infrastructure, and building on our work to fight opioid abuse and drug addiction", McConnell said on the Senate floor this afternoon.

"The budget deal doesn't have everything Democrats want, it doesn't have everything the Republicans want, but it has a great deal of what the American people want", top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer told his colleagues.

It also extends the USA government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.

Paul's protest forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline for passing a funding measure to keep the government operating.

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The defense-first strategy from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was created to win over support from conservative hard-liners and defense hawks in the House GOP conference who were threatening to oppose the stopgap bill - the fifth temporary funding patch since September. And, according to Roll Call, House Democrats might look to use that leverage to demand that Speaker Paul Ryan commit to bringing up an immigration bill for debate on the House floor. "And that means caps that get us off of the sequestration level", said Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), an appropriator.

Almost $300 billion in new spending included in the bill approved on Friday will mean the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019, said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a private fiscal policy watchdog group. It's a valid concern after Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated his stance of not hearing an argument of immigration on the House floor that didn't have the support of the president on Tuesday.

But liberal stalwarts might also revolt over the sensitive issue of immigration and the fate of millions of undocumented migrants.

Democrats seemed similarly conflicted.

"Unlike in the Senate, there is no agreement that the House will even consider legislation to protect DREAMers", Hoyer wrote in response to a member's question of how to vote on the budget plan.

She said the president only wants wants a long term deal on immigration.

"The Republican moral cowardice must end". Ryan's baseline has never changed - he'll take up a deal to address the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program when he knows what Trump supports. But Trump ended the program last September, setting March 5 as a deadline for resolving the issue.

In exchange, the president would expect funding for a border wall, cuts to chain migration, the elimination of the visa lottery program, and enhanced border security.

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