NIH and opioid response get boost in Senate budget deal

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But moving legislation quickly through the upper chamber of Congress requires consent by all 100 members, and Republican Senator Rand Paul threw a wrench in the works by objecting to a rapid vote.

To avoid the second government shutdown in less than a month, the U.S. Senate was expected to vote Thursday on a deal bipartisan leaders have negotiated.

"I'm not advocating for shutting down the government", Paul said.

The White House on Wednesday cheered a bipartisan, two-year budget deal announced by Senate leaders.

Should Paul stand his ground, Senate rules dictate that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can declare a new session at midnight, then hold a procedural vote on the spending bill one hour into the new day. If the House approves the proposal, it moves to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature.

Ten years of the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), increased from six years $495 million over two years for the National Health Service Corps $363 million over two years for Teaching Health Centers Health Extenders, including permanently repealing the therapy cap, delaying the Medicaid DSH cuts, and five years of funding for home visiting programs.

Instead, the Kentucky Republican says the initial measure before lawmakers will be a bill that doesn't address the politically charged subject. Afghan war will cost B in 2018 House passes stopgap spending measure with defense money MORE (R-Wis.) to consider legislation protecting immigrants who came to the country illegally as children. "It's, part of it depends on the Democrats".

"I think we're going to be fine", he said in a radio interview about the looming vote.

"If you're against president (Barack) Obama's deficits, but you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he boomed, adding that he wants his fellow lawmakers "to feel uncomfortable" over the impasse. And the White House has signaled support for the agreement, which will be attached to a continuing resolution extending government funding through late March, giving lawmakers a few more weeks to finalize 2018 spending.

"The main thing is we are finally getting what we call the 'fit up bill, ' which is getting the military a budget, number one, but getting the budget they need to actually fulfill their national defense strategy that [Defense] Secretary [James] Mattis just recently gave out", Ryan said.

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