Senators reach bipartisan accord on long-term spending deal

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Trump on Wednesday evening praised the agreement in a tweet.

Defense hawks and moderate Republicans said it's a strong compromise that will provide a much-needed boost to the military. All they have to do - I told him this at 11:00 a.m. this morning - give me 15 minutes to debate, 15 minutes to vote and we could have been done by noon.

The federal Office of Personnel Management said government operations would "vary by agency" and employees should "refer to their home agency for guidance on reporting for duty". Voting was delayed Thursday by Sen.

McConnell has promised Democrats he will allow a free-flowing Senate debate on immigration with votes on a variety of proposals, and that he will not try to influence the outcome.

The bipartisan budget deal reached by Senate leaders yesterday will potentially avert a second government shutdown in three weeks. "I'm also not advocating for keeping the damn thing open and borrowing a million dollars a minute", Paul said on Fox News.

If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the USA working day begins on Friday. Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress, but need Senate Democrats to guarantee that budget legislation won't be filibustered.

That plan introduced significant funding and changes for healthcare initiatives and agencies, including funding for the National Institutes of Health, the opioid crisis, among other health initiatives, totaling nearly $20 billion.

It's a symptom of both an evolving economic climate and the political realities that governing parties face.

Several lawmakers on the left and right opposed the bill, including conservative Republicans who objected to the large spending increases. Rand Paul repeatedly held up votes on the budget plan, futilely seeking a vote on reversing spending increases.

It was the fifth such stopgap of the federal fiscal year, which began Oct 1.

The deal reached this week was meant to draw support from all sides. It includes money for the military for a year and community health centers for two years, and shifts Medicare funds. And it would suspend the debt limit - the amount the U.S. Treasury can borrow to pay the nation's bills - for one year.


Legislation to increase the debt ceiling is always a headache, especially for House GOP leaders whose rank and file have in the past used the votes to register objection to deficit spending.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would oppose the deal because it does not include protections for the Dreamers, young undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children.

"Ryan needs to make a commitment", said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) leaving a caucus meeting before the vote.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced she would withhold support for the funding deal until Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan commits to a floor vote to address the plight of beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Trump is ending the program.

McConnell said the bill had required "extensive negotiation", and while "no one would suggest its flawless, . we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people".

"We'll see. If they want to stay up until 3 a.m., I'm happy to do it for the fiscal solvency", he said.

The United States federal government shutdown ended on Friday morning after the House of Representatives passed the spending bill, AFP reported.

No matter how positive McConnell and Schumer present the situation to be, the next 48 hours are shaping up to be a political minefield that every member of our government will have to carefully navigate in order to prevent another government shutdown on Thursday.

"There will be billions in funding to fight opioids, to strengthen our veterans and the (National Institutes of Health), to build job-creating rural infrastructure and broadband, and to fund access to child care and quality higher education", she said in a written statement.

The Pentagon, which received $700 billion this year, would see funding increase by $169 billion.

Portman has been a leader in the Senate advocating for additional funding and more tools to combat this epidemic. Richard Shelby, speaking to Slate, said the deal is "that close", holding up his thumb and index finger with roughly a centimeter of space separating them.

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