Spending Bill Needs House Approval to Avoid Government Shutdown


Senate leaders unveiled a two-year budget deal Wednesday, a major victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week, but the plan still needs to pass the House where it's already facing strong headwinds. That effort could delay a Senate vote until 1 a.m. Friday, past the deadline for keeping the government open.

The Senate is expected to vote and pass a budget compromise Thursday but the House is not yet on board.

If House conservatives do muster enough votes to block a bill with demands that cannot be sustained in the Senate, then we could be looking at another shutdown, or at a minimum, a show of force that the House Freedom Caucus will then holster for future use.

"Washington is broken", Paul argued, "spending money like it's out of control".

"I'd love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of", Trump said at a White House meeting focused on cracking down on the notorious MS-13 gang.

"I feel good", he told radio host Hugh Hewitt. "I was elected to combat Obama era deficits". "But we are in an emergency situation", Cornyn said.

The budget deal got a positive review from the White House.

If passed, the short-term spending bill would be the fifth extension passed by Congress as both sides of the aisle struggle to find common ground and fully finance the U.S. government with a bipartisan budget.

McConnell said the deal includes increases of nearly $300 billion for defence spending and domestic programs, $80 billion-plus in disaster relief and raises the debt ceiling.

The agreement would also ensure funding for domestic priorities pushed by Democrats including disaster relief, health centers and fighting a surging opioid epidemic.

If the House opposes the plan, it adds more pressure for at least a temporary agreement to fund the government by Thursday night or face another shutdown. It also raises the debt ceiling until 2019.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the deal breaks the "logjam" on public priorities and makes America "safer and stronger", and urged all House members to support it.

"Part of it depends on the Democrats". We are going to deliver our share of support. "I understand they're old and they don't like to do things very often". Bring it up for a vote and watch it pass with a majority of Democrats voting for it, enraging his right flank?

"This package can not have my support", she said.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his full support to the bill to try to rally others in chamber to also vote yes - saying the military is at risk without the money, while acknowledging the deal includes partisan compromises and isn't ideal.

More than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed during the shutdown, in October 2013, which lasted more than two weeks. The uncertainty was keeping the capital on edge.

Republican aides confirmed the Senate is close to reaching a deal on spending caps, which could be voted on as soon as Tuesday evening. This time, Senator Brown said Democrats may have to separate the immigration issue from the budget battle. "It reduces our deficit by trillions of dollars", said Shah.