Senate leaders announce budget agreement, hike in Pentagon spending

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Current federal funding runs out at midnight on Thursday, and if Congress does not pass a new spending bill, it will trigger a partial government shutdown.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday he was encouraged by the deal. It's worth it for our country.

The House passed a short-term spending bill that would fund the government for just another six weeks on Tuesday night that contained increases for the military.

"The budget deal doesn't have everything Democrats want, it doesn't have everything the Republicans want, but it has a great deal of what the American people want", top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer told his colleagues.

In remarks on the Senate floor, Schumer focused on the new agreement as a rare moment of bipartisanship and cooperation.

On Wednesday, McConnell said he would start the immigration legislation process without a set bill and allow a "fair" amendment process.

Democratic Senator Jon Tester said he hoped House Democrats would back the measure.

"I'd love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of", Trump declared Tuesday.

Temporary government funding bill heads to the Senate
The House is scheduled to vote on the measure on Tuesday evening, according to House majority leader Kevin McCarthy's schedule. Ryan has said he will not bring a DACA bill to the House floor if it does not have President Donald Trump's backing.

The measure would keep the government running through March 23 and reauthorize funding for community health centers that enjoy widespread bipartisan support.

Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi has already said that she can not and will not support any deal that doesn't include legal protections for Dreamers - unless Speaker of the House Paul Ryan commits to a similar promise as the one McConell made in order to end the government shutdown in January. Ryan has said he will observe the so-called "Hastert Rule" of not calling any legislation that does not have the support of a majority of Republicans.

"I have been relentlessly pressuring Congressional leadership to make sure that West Virginia gets the funding it needs to end the opioid epidemic and invest in high-speed internet and broadband access throughout our state, and I'm glad this funding will be included in the final budget deal", he said.

Immigration again emerged as a possible point of contention, putting the budget deal in jeopardy. This is a deal where we have a few democrats in the Senate dictate what this President and this Congress does.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said as the deal as announced that she and many fellow Democrats would oppose the deal unless there is a separate vote on immigration legislation.

"Specifically, we seek your commitment that the House will debate and vote on all serious and substantive proposals, particularly those offered on a bipartisan basis, as well as any bill approved by the full Senate", wrote Reps.

"I don't think that's going to happen", McConnell said about the prospects of a shutdown.

Disaster relief: Provide between $80 billion and $90 billion for hurricane and wildfire disaster relief. Both Democrats and Republicans have said they were making progress on a budget that would increase spending limits for defense and non-defense programs. The Obama-era initiative protects from deportation almost 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the USA as minors.

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