Senate Hopes to Approve Budget Deal; White House Praises Measure


"Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill - one that the president supports", Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong said.

The White House said Thursday (Feb 8) it was preparing for a U.S. government shutdown as Congress hit a stumbling block in its efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight.

"We have reached a two-year budget deal that will benefit our country in so many ways", Schumer said.

The bill is due to be voted on in the Senate and the House later today, just hours before a midnight deadline tomorrow for a second government shutdown in less than a month.

The proposed plan would suspend the federal debt ceiling and provide hurricane and wildfire disaster aid, according to a Republican summary of the deal. Pelosi said on the House floor on Wednesday. The cloture vote on that is expected to be Thursday, at which point they'll strip the House language, and replace it with the Senate language.

Paul took the floor to blast the increase in federal spending limits and said he would not allow the Republican-controlled Senate to hold a quick vote.

Alongside his own announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his pledge to hold a vote on legislation to protect almost 700,000 unauthorized immigrants ahead of DACA's March 5 expiration deadline in a process he said would be "fair to all sides". But now, he says, Republicans and Democrats are "spending us into oblivion".

With bipartisan support in the Senate, the plan should pass easily.

"I'm confident that no senator on either side of the aisle believes this is a flawless bill", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said.

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That was a turnaround from Tuesday, when Trump had said he would "love" a shutdown if he did not get his way on immigration.

It will next go the Senate, where Democrats are expected to oppose it because it does not also provide longer term money for domestic programmes like opioid recovery efforts, transportation, and education.

"American families with children who benefit with CHIP will now be able to rest easy for the next decade", Schumer said Wednesday.

As fiscal conservatives castigated the spending increase as reckless, Democrats pushed for a provision to protect the roughly 800,000 young immigrants protected by the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.

Congressional Democrats have canceled their annual retreat as they remain in Washington this week to be available for votes on a possible spending plan.

The White House's current proposal - one that would put 1.8 million immigrants on a path to citizenship, but also boost border security, and dramatically curtail legal immigration - has been panned by Democrats.

Democrats did manage to get $6 billion in funding to deal with the opioid crisis and drug addiction, one of their key demands, and the package includes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure fix and improvement.

Tuesday night, the House approved a six-week stopgap spending measure. However, it does not include funding for border security or deal with protecting young illegal migrants brought to the USA as children.