US Senate lawmakers introduce bipartisan two-year budget deal

House Democrats face tough choice over budget deal and immigration

House Democrats face tough choice over budget deal and immigration

"If we don't change it, let's have a shutdown", he said. It remains unclear whether lawmakers will be able to reach a deal amid stark differences between the two parties on issues over which they have struggled to reach an accord for years.

The increase in spending would include about $90 billion for disaster aid, such as hurricanes and wildfires, The Washington Post reported.

Opposition from Democratic liberals and tea-party Republicans in Congress may imperil a budget deal reached by Senate leaders to keep the government operating past midnight Thursday. Speaker Paul Ryan has reiterated several times that he won't hold a debate on an immigration plan unless it has the White House's approval, despite McConnell scheduling a debate over DACA solutions for next week.

"I'm heartened that Congress recognizes the sobering effect of budgetary uncertainty on America's military and on the men and women who provide for our nation's defense", Mattis said during the White House briefing.

Schumer said the deal would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, four more than the extension Congress just enacted. A day earlier, President said if Democrats do not get behind his immigration demands. "At the same time, we reserve the right and the authority that if we feel like that they're falling short on something that we promised or what's best for our constituents, then we'll throw a flag on it".

Pelosi spoke on the House floor for more than eight hours on Wednesday in hopes of forcing a vote on DACA.

The agreement would also ensure funding for domestic priorities pushed by Democrats including disaster relief, health centres and fighting a surging opioid epidemic.

President Trump offered a full-throated endorsement of the deal in a Wednesday evening tweet, saying "Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill". It would lift spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act by nearly $300 billion over the next two years to make room for spending priorities, including an $80 billion boost this year for defense spending and a corresponding $63 billion boost in non-defense domestic spending, according to Roll Call.

The bottom line: The House, which passed a stopgap spending bill Tuesday, could still reject this deal, unleashing a chaotic scramble to keep the government running, but with midterm elections looming, enough lawmakers from both sides are likely to line up behind the deal and end the prospect of further shutdown drama.

Brokered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the budget accord will increase military and domestic spending alike, lifting what were arbitrary caps on their growth imposed in 2011.

Dreamers were shielded from deportation under the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It does not, however, include any immigration provisions, which the Democrats have been clamoring for. Lawmakers need to work out a spending measure before Thursday to avoid a government shutdown.

The Senate bill makes no reference to protected, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, known as Dreamers.

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