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Senate leaders forge ahead on funding deal as Trump threatens shutdown

08 February 2018, 12:09 | Colleen Roy

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"I believe we have reached a budget deal that neither side loves, but both sides can be proud of", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. "This still also increases budget caps, ends the sequester, and provides certainty for the next two years", she told reporters at her daily news conference.

He met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Disciplined, SOTU Trump can disappear with the speed of a tweet Republicans head to West Virginia to plot 2018 agenda MORE (R-Ky.) in McConnell's office Tuesday morning and an aide familiar with the meeting said both leaders were pleased with the progress made.

The US Senate today reached a two-year budget deal to avert another government shutdown tomorrow when federal funding is due to expire.

But any changes to the measure mean the House will need to approve legislation before midnight on Thursday (Feb 8) to avoid any government shutdown. That bill also included a full year of funding for defense spending.

A filibuster is a tactic used in the Senate to keep a bill from a vote by keeping a debate going on to discuss the legislation.

"If we don't change it, let's have a shutdown", Trump said, according to CNN. If you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have: the House has passed its fifth short-term spending bill since October. Yes.

"I'm pleased that we are making real headway in our negotiations over spending caps and other important issues". "I am hopeful we can come to an agreement, and an agreement very soon".

"While President Trump threatens shutdowns and stalemates, congressional leaders have done the hard work of finding compromise and consensus", Schumer said. "Nobody wants another except him".

Republicans want to bust spending caps adopted as part of the Budget Control Act to supplement defense spending to the tune of $659.2 billion.

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. "But the health, education, security and well-being of the American people is also a source of that strength".

"Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", she said.

Democrats withheld their support from House Republicans' CR in January, precipitating a brief government shutdown, because they wanted protections for 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to be incorporated in the must-pass spending bill.

The agreement, though, does not tackle immigration - at a time when Congress is debating how to address those affected by the looming expiration of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

The process will be "fair to everyone", with any senator allowed to bring proposals to the floor, he said.

Rep. Bil Huizenga (R-MI) said argued that adding defense funding remains the only way to to get enough Republican votes to pass through the House without Democratic support.

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