Senate leaders announce budget deal with huge spending increases

United States Senate passes bill to end government shutdown

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the agreement provides long-term certainty in the budget and funding for Trump priorities including infrastructure and military funding.

The two-year deal, which would increase current spending caps by roughly $300 billion, would include a major boost for military spending, with slightly smaller increases for domestic programs.

The agreement would give the Pentagon an $80 billion increase for the current budget year for core defense programs, a 14 percent increase over current limits that exceeds Trump's budget request by $26 billion.

Senator Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, says, "this bill represents a significant bi-partisan step forward".

United States Senate passes bill to end government shutdown

It would also extend the debt ceiling for another year, reducing fears of an unprecedented US debt default.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke for more than eight hours on the House floor Wednesday in support of the young immigrants.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the deal isn't flawless, but it's better than no deal at all.

"I have been relentlessly pressuring Congressional leadership to make sure that West Virginia gets the funding it needs to end the opioid epidemic and invest in high-speed internet and broadband access throughout our state, and I'm glad this funding will be included in the final budget deal", he said.

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The arrangement was struck in the US Senate, amending a House resolution that was passed earlier this week.

"We had serious disagreements, but instead of just going to our own separate corners, we met in the middle and came together with an agreement that is very good for the American people and recognizes needs that both sides of the aisle proffered", Schumer said on the floor.

Congress was set to vote Thursday night on a deal to fund the government.

The vote was 245-182. Those increases sounded alarm bells with fiscal hawks like Paul and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members announced they would oppose the deal. GOP leaders pitched the plan to rank-and-file Republicans Monday evening at a closed-door meeting.

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The measures will not provide a fix for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children. Rand Paul holds up a vote on a bill to keep the government funded.

Passage is all but assured in the Senate, but House leadership faces a hard road in moving the budget bill through the chamber.

"As I've said publicly many times, our upcoming immigration debate on #DACA, border security, & other issues will be a process that is fair to all sides".

But President Donald Trump still isn't ruling out a shutdown over immigration policy, saying Tuesday he'd "love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of". "We are certainly happy with the direction that it's moving, particularly that we're moving away from the crisis budgeting that we have been on in the past", she said.

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