Senate announces bipartisan budget breakthrough

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US Senate leaders said Wednesday they had reached a bipartisan budget deal for 2018 and 2019-a move which, if approved by Congress, would avert a second government shutdown in just three weeks.

Without that commitment from Ryan, Pelosi said, the package "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus". "While I obviously cannot guarantee any outcomes, let alone supermajority support, I can ensure the process is fair to all sides", McConnell said.

Senate leaders hope to approve a budget deal Thursday to keep the government operating past midnight amid opposition from Democratic liberals and tea-party Republicans.

The two-year deal, which would increase current spending caps by roughly $300 billion, would include a major boost for military spending, with slightly smaller increases for domestic programs. Some of this aid would be allocated to Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Senate is expected to take up the measure next week.

But House Democrats have warned that they will not back the deal unless Republican Speaker Paul Ryan promises to advance separate legislation on immigration policy. "I haven't seen what the deal is", Hoyer told The Daily Caller ahead of a DACA meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin. "If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety ... let's shut it down".

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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".

"I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement", McConnell said.

The plan includes $20 billion for infrastructure over two years, including roads and drinking water, he said.

President Trump has demanded funding for the border wall be included in any legislation to address a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which expires March 5.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in his announcement that the agreement doesn't have everything Democrats want and it doesn't have everything Republicans want, but it has "a great deal" of what the American people want.

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Pelsoi set a House record and earned applause from Democrats.

The 245-182 vote continues a pattern of using stop-gap spending to fund the government since the fiscal year began on October 1, with lawmakers unable to agree to a full-year budget.

Funding the Children's Health Insurance Program for a decade: Congress reauthorized CHIP for six years as part of a stopgap government funding bill they passed last month.

The standoff is continuing this week, with President Donald Trump and conservative Republicans so far unable to reach a deal with Democrats to protect young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children who will be at risk of deportation next month.

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