Congress reaches spending deal

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY have both championed the agreement as a bipartisan breakthrough that would end the destabilizing cycle of short-term spending bills that lawmakers have had to pass repeatedly to keep the lights on at government agencies.

The House on Tuesday passed its fifth stop-gap spending bill, a proposal that would fund domestic programs through March 23 and also give the Pentagon a full-year budget of $659 billion. Further to that figure, around $90 billion in additional funding will be dedicated to disaster relief for victims of wildfires and hurricanes of recent years.

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

"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. Afghan war will cost B in 2018 House passes stopgap spending measure with defense money MORE (R-Wis.) to debate immigration legislation soon. The narrow 51-seat Senate Republican majority must rely on Democratic support to reach the 60-vote threshold for passage.

Lawmakers still need to vote on a short-term spending bill to avert a shutdown, CBS News reported. At the same time, many liberal Democrats wanted to withhold their support as leverage to win concessions on immigration policy.

The measure's fate in the House is uncertain, raising tensions in Washington as Congress scrambles to avoid what would be a second government shutdown in three weeks.

The agreement would eliminate so-called sequestration caps created by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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"I feel good about it", Ryan said in a radio interview about the upcoming vote.

Trump's budget previous year proposed a $54 billion increase for defense, proposing to slash nondefense accounts by the same amount.

The deal would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, four more than the extension Congress just enacted.

Congress would spend an addition $6 billion to help fight the opioid and mental health crisis through expanded prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

President Trump said he'd "love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of", referring to his demands that any bill include up to $30 billion for a border wall and beefed up security as well as an end to the visa lottery program and chain migration.

"I don't know when we would have another opportunity that matches today" to lock Ryan into a commitment, Pelosi said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan all quickly embraced it.

The president has said he supports a path to citizenship for 1.8 million youths eligible for DACA as part of a larger immigration reform package.

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