US Congress to vote on long-term budget deal, averting shutdown

US Congress to vote on long-term budget deal, averting shutdown

US Congress to vote on long-term budget deal, averting shutdown

It would increase domestic spending by $131 billion and defense spending by $165 billion over the next two years, provide almost $90 billion in disaster aid and extend the debt limit for one year - until well after the midterm elections.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said the deal would raise spending by "just shy" of $300 billion.

In ending the shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to hold an open-floor debate on a DACA solution in the Senate, but there was no such commitment in the House.

The plan would also suspend the federal debt ceiling until March 2019, according to Sen.

"Very pleased to announce alongside @SenateMajLdr that we have reached a two-year budget deal that will benefit our country in so many ways", Schumer wrote on Twitter, referring to McConnell.

Less than three weeks after the USA 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.

"Left-wing USA news outlet ThinkProgress said Senate Democrats had pried a "$131bn increase for non-defense programmes" out of their Republican counterparts "in exchange for leaving out a key programme protecting about 800,000 undocumented immigrants".

If it passes, the two-year spending deal completes months of haggling between the two parties on a variety of issues that have resulted in five incremental spending bills and a three-day government shutdown.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the leader of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, said he opposes the emerging deal, which could be unveiled Wednesday.

The measure would not provide a fix for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children.

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

The vote was 245-182. Spending for non-defense programs would increase $63 billion this year and $68 billion next year. At the same time, many liberal Democrats wanted to withhold their support as leverage to win concessions on immigration policy. The would mean Speaker Paul Ryan would need Democrats to support the package; If other House Democrats follow Pelosi's lead, it would be doomed.

On Tuesday, Trump injected uncertainty into the funding debate when he said he would "love" to see a shutdown if Democrats do not back his immigration demands.

"This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among Congressional leaders and the White House", McConnell said.

As part of the deal, areas hit by natural disasters in 2017 - like Texas and Florida - would receive additional relief funding. "The budget doesn't have everything Republicans want, or what Democrats want, but it has a great deal of what the American people want".

McConnell has committed to a freewheeling debate on immigration if the Senate is still open after February 8.

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