Early Wednesday the Senate announced that they have came to a bipartisan agreement on a 2-year budget. Which if approved will help avoid another govern shutdown. The compromise removes any spending caps on both military and domestic programs.
The Senate’s top Republican says there’s Senate agreement on a two-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases.
The deal eliminates the civilian and military sequester for two years, while also increasing the Pentagon funding by $80 billion and domestic spending by $63 billion for the fiscal year 2018, according to NPR citing congressional sources.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s statement:
“This budget deal is a genuine breakthrough” adding that it consigns the “arbitrary… sequester caps to the ash heap of history.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“No one would suggest it’s perfect but we worked hard to find common ground,” introducing the deal on the floor. He added the bill will have an amendment process that’s “fair to all sides.”
There has been no mention if this new agreement includes any protections for Dreamers. Going into the second round of trying to find a bipartisan budget agreement, Democrat Chuck Schumer said that DACA was off the table. At the White House, President Donald Trump appeared to hold out the possibility of a shutdown if lawmakers don’t come up with a deal on immigration. On Tuesday Trump tweeted saying that he’d “love to see a shutdown if we can’t get this stuff taken care of.”
This story is developing and not set in stone.Feature photo via: Gage Skidmore