Government shutdown set to begin after Senate vote delayed
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 11, 2018,
Feb 11, 2018, 3:58
The deal also includes additional money for community health centers that were created under Obamacare and are running out of funding, and would extend funding for a host of Medicaid and Medicare programs. If the House rejects that, the government would edge closer to a shutdown after midnight Thursday.
"We'll see if the Senate likes that", Hunter said of the House bill.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the deal with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor, which would boost military and non-defense spending by $300 billion over the next two years as well as and more than $80 billion in disaster relief.
The Senate is expected to vote on the new spending bill on Wednesday, when lawmakers are likely to change the bill and return it to the House for final passage.
He said the budget deal was a "genuine breakthrough" after months of legislative logjams. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan all quickly embraced it. The Senate then sent the bill to the US House of Representatives. It would raise non-defense spending by $63 billion in fiscal year 2018, and $68 billion in fiscal year 2019. It's worth it for our country.
So what does Ryan do if the Senate passes that budget deal today? "Give us a vote", she said.
Earlier, the White House has advised United States federal government agencies to prepare for a shutdown, an official said, as Congress hit a stumbling block in its efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight. "Democrats and Republicans came together, voting to secure adequate, predictable, annual funding for our armed forces while we continue our productive negotiations on other subjects". A budget agreement would nearly certainly mean that many Democrats would support it, thereby guaranteeing that there wouldn't be another shutdown. "I don't think that's going to happen".
The shutdown gradually ended after Trump signed a bill to end the shutdown after striking a deal with Democrats to hold a debate on the future of over 700,000 young undocumented immigrants, including thousands of Indians.
An extension for current funding through March 23 will be also approved in the Senate, as was done on Tuesday in the House, while lawmakers still will have to work out the long-term details.
Once Congress funds the government - if it does - McConnell said he would keep his promise to bring up legislation to address immigration and specifically a fix for the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that Trump ordered to expire on March 5. "We support funding for our military, but growing the size of government by 13 percent adds to the swamp instead of draining it".