Congress Approves Two-Year Spending Pact


The Senate passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government amid objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.

McConnell, Ryan and President Trump have all said they want to find a permanent fix for the roughly 700,000 people enrolled in the DACA program, which is set to expire March 5 under terms set by Trump past year.

Asked to respond to this comment Tuesday, Schumer said, "Speaks for itself".

One day before a threatened US government shutdown, Senate leaders on Wednesday struck a bipartisan deal that would keep the federal government funded for two years but left contentious immigration topics unaddressed.

But, Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, a fellow Democrat, doesn't see it that way.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said that President Donald Trump's support is a must for any immigration reform bill to proceed and that the lower chamber will address DACA separately from appropriations.

"If we don't change it let's have a shutdown".

Paul said that he had spoken to President Trump Thursday afternoon about the situation. If there are 60 votes (as backers of DACA insist), then they will get their bill out of the Senate regardless of what Stephen Miller or John Kelly or Sen.

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

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Senators eventually voted 71-28 to approve the $400bn (£286bn) budget deal, with the bill moving to the House of Representatives for a further vote.

This shutdown could be just hours long and cause minimal disruption if the House follows suit and later Friday morning also passes the two-year budget package, which includes funding to keep the government running through March 23.

However, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said she would oppose the deal unless Ryan agrees to a commitment to consider legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants.

Senator Mike Rounds, (R) South Dakota said, "How do you put something together that says 'wait a second your parents violated the law we are not going to allow that they be able to come in with legal status'".

The bill came as the result of a 2011 standoff over the USA debt ceiling, when Republicans in Congress demanded spending cuts in exchange for giving the Obama administration the needed legal headroom to pay the federal government's obligations to its bondholders.

What the Senate deal does not include is any new language on immigration.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his full support to the bill to try to rally others in chamber to also vote yes - saying the military is at risk without the money, while acknowledging the deal includes partisan compromises and isn't ideal. Last year, Trump said that the country could use a "good shutdown".

As the clock hit midnight, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney immediately implemented plans to close non-essential government operations, said spokesman John Czwartacki.