Senate Reaches Two-Year Budget Deal in Hopes of Averting a Shutdown

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Regardless of what happens with this broader spending deal, Congress will still have to pass a short-term stopgap measure to prevent the government from shutting down when the current stopgap funding bill expires Thursday at midnight.

The bill passed 245-182, but this is just the first step.

The sticking point has been that Republicans want higher military spending and Democrats oppose that unless there is additional money for domestic accounts.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer looks on as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2017. The deal, agreed upon by both the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate, was immediately welcomed by the White House.

Here is the issue: the Senate's Republican leader has vowed to allow votes starting next week on bipartisan Dreamer legislation.

Pelosi said that while the budget deal contains "many Democratic priorities", leadership would not urge members to vote for it until Ryan pledges to allow a bill to come to the floor that would codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.

"We're on track", one source told CNN.

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McConnell previously promised Senate Democrats that he would bring up a bill on the chamber floor to address the pending expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if the government stays open past February 8.

House Republicans said the bill provides certainty to us military planners who were frustrated during last month's three-day partial government shutdown. "We'll do a shutdown, and it's worth it for our country".

"I'd love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of", Trump said during a round table with law enforcement at the White House Tuesday afternoon.

"I don't want to slam the door shut", he said. "We'll go with another shutdown".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will nearly surely need Democratic votes to pass a two-year spending bill now before the Senate, which would raise both military and domestic spending caps and include long-delayed disaster funding for last fall's hurricanes and the Wine Country fires. The conservative House Freedom Caucus has already indicated it will not support the spending increases. In fact, it may be the only way to thread the needle.

After a House vote, the Senate could strip out the defence portion and send it back to the House.

It would also deprive Senate Democrats of a tool they could use to stymie the Trump administration, which has been plagued by repeated accusations of Executive Branch abuses, including unprecedented nepotism and conflicts of interest, and obstruction of justice in the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged election meddling in 2016.

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