Crunch Time for Congress to Keep US Government Open

Crunch Time for Congress to Keep US Government Open

Crunch Time for Congress to Keep US Government Open

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

Pelosi took to the House floor for hours Wednesday morning to read the stories of DREAMers and object to any budget plan that does not protect them, even though she acknowledged the Senate deal reflects many Democratic priorities. Nondefense spending limits would be raised by $131 billion over two years - $63 billion this year and $68 billion in 2019.

The proposed plan would suspend the federal debt ceiling and provide hurricane and wildfire disaster aid, according to a Republican summary of the deal.

Funding to keep the federal government operating expires at midnight on Thursday, and thus it is expected that the budget deal will be approved before that.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she wouldn't support any budget bill unless House Speaker Paul Ryan includes legislation for DACA recipients.

"I am all in for the proposal that was explained to me", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said as he came out of McConnell's office.

"It's a strong signal that we can break the gridlock that has overwhelmed this body and work together for the good of the country", Schumer said earlier Thursday.

"I think the United States of America is really getting close to some tipping point here, and we can't pussyfoot around", she said. "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". But it may require Ryan to give the same guarantee that Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave to the Senate Democrats: an open debate on legislation dealing with the Dreamers.

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McConnell said the deal includes increases of nearly $300 billion for defence spending and domestic programs, $80 billion-plus in disaster relief and raises the debt ceiling.

Although Schumer and the White House are optimistic toward bipartisanship, many Republican and Democratic lawmakers warn about the precedent the budget sets.

It would also raise the debt limit ahead of a March deadline; include billions in disaster relief funding and for infrastructure renewal projects; and would extend the recently reauthorized Children's Health Insurance Program for four additional years, ensuring funds for a decade.

Sanders says it will move the White House away from "crisis to crisis budgeting". The House's top Democrat, however, swung out against the plan.

The House passed a stop-gap measure Tuesday evening that would keep the government funded through March 23, fully fund the Pentagon for a year and provide two years of funding for community health centers.

The 245-182 vote continues a pattern of using stop-gap spending to fund the government since the fiscal year began on October 1, with lawmakers unable to agree to a full-year budget.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat, said a budget deal is unacceptable without protection for undocumented immigrants brought to the children, who have been covered under the soon-to-end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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