House and Senate expected to vote on bipartisan budget deal today

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Democrats picked up a seat in the Missouri state House on Tuesday

The budget caps were set in 2011 as part of a push to reduce the deficit, but lawmakers have never adhered to those spending limits. Republicans have pushed for defense hikes of $80 billion a year and have offered Democrats $60 billion a year for nondefense programs.

The two-year deal, which would increase current spending caps by roughly $300 billion, would include a major boost for military spending, with slightly smaller increases for domestic programs.

The bill includes a two-year extension to fund community health centers for low income Americans.

Ron Sachs/SIPA/NewscomAfter weeks of negotiation, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have reached the outlines of a spending deal that would avert a government shutdown.

Defense spending would increase by $80 billion over current law in this fiscal year and $85 billion in the one that begins October 1, according to a congressional official familiar with the plan.

Conservative House Republicans got on board with a spending bill through March because the military is funded through the fiscal year.

Senate Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration, specifically on seeking extended protections for the "Dreamer" immigrants.

McConnell has promised Democrats he would allow a free-flowing Senate debate on immigration by February 8 and that he would not try to influence the outcome.

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But that bill was thought to be largely dead on arrival since the Senate would negotiate its own deal, which the House would eventually accept.

But House Democrats have warned that they will not back the deal unless Republican Speaker Paul Ryan promises to advance separate legislation on immigration policy. It also includes disaster relief for areas hit by last year's hurricanes and wildfires.

But the fate of the overall budget deal remained uncertain Wednesday, with House conservatives expressing concerns about the increased deficit spending and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying the agreement does nothing to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children.

It is expected to end up as a place-holder for the broader legislation McConnell and Schumer said they are negotiating, forcing the House to conduct a vote on the Senate measure in the next two days to avoid a shutdown.

It's crunch time for lawmakers to keep the US government open, with funding running out at midnight Washington time unless Congress extends federal spending authority for the fifth time in the last six months.

"We are not advocating for the shutdown", she said, adding that if there were a shutdown, it would be the Democrats' fault even though the GOP controls all three branches of the federal government.

The president commented Tuesday as he welcomed law enforcement officials and lawmakers to the White House to discuss the threat from MS-13, which has become a prime target of the administration.

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