Mitch McConnell: US Senate leaders reach two-year budget deal

Mitch McConnell: US Senate leaders reach two-year budget deal

"DACA, I felt we did make progress today, but we're not close yet", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told The Daily Caller, adding he doesn't think House Democrats will block a Senate-passed measure. "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support".

"I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of", Mr Trump said at an event with law enforcement officials to discuss MS-13, a predominantly Latino gang whose members include undocumented immigrants.

As they begin their retreat on Wednesday, a day before government funding expires, House Democrats are considering their options on the federal budget deal.

Bipartisan Senate leaders reached an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping spending deal that would raise caps on military and domestic spending, increase the nation's debt limit, fund disaster relief efforts around the nation and include long-term funding for community health centers.

He added that the accord includes a sizable disaster relief package that will help Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas recover from Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey previous year.

The budget agreement "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus", Pelosi said, as reported by AP.

The deal - negotiated by congressional leaders and released late Wednesday night - must still clear several procedural hurdles in the Senate. But Democrats in the House of Representatives have warned that they will not back it unless Republican Speaker Paul Ryan promises to advance separate legislation on immigration policy.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says, "It's time to vote".

"If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety, then shut it down", he added.




While that bill is expected to pass easily in the Senate, the House will be a tougher sell.

"This is a moral issue for many of us", Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-New York, said.

"Left-wing U.S. news outlet ThinkProgress said Senate Democrats had pried a "$131bn increase for non-defense programmes" out of their Republican counterparts "in exchange for leaving out a key programme protecting about 800,000 undocumented immigrants".

It includes commitments to dedicate billions of dollars to areas like infrastructure, the opioid crisis, V.A. hospitals and health research, according to a person briefed on the agreement.

The agreement, though, does not tackle immigration - at a time when Congress is debating how to address those affected by the looming expiration of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

"I feel very good about Republicans".

Even as the threat of a government shutdown was ebbing in Congress, President Donald Trump was threatening to force one if Democrats refuse to meet his demands on immigration legislation.

Democrats had previously insisted that any budget legislation must address immigration, including specific protection for young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

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