Lawmakers Near Spending Compromise to Avoid US Government Shutdown

25 March, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Rep. Tom Cole R-Oklahoma told The Hill newspaper Monday that Congress is close. “They’re scrambling working really hard to try to get them done so they can file tonight or tomorrow at the latest.”

Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) and Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), along with several New Jersey Republicans pressed Ryan and the White House to include funding for Gateway, which they said is crucial to the Northeast and national economy.

Trump then huddled with his senior advisers to discuss a potential veto and was advised against it, with the advisers saying he would be blamed for a shutdown and that discussions continue on the issues he is concerned about, one aide said.

If passed by the House of Representatives and Senate by a Friday midnight deadline, it would avert the shutdown of many federal agencies and programs beginning this weekend, when existing funds expire.

Some 90 House Republicans, including many from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, voted against the bill, as did two dozen Republicans in the Senate.

Peters cited a $3 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health, pay raises for troops, new gun safety measures, and $10 million to address sewage spills along the Tijuana River as his reasons for voting for the measure.

Earlier to that, Trump's administration had specifically said that it supported the deal which was brokered by the Republican controlled Congress and was passed in a dead-of-night vote.

The bill does not contain steps to protect young Dreamer immigrants from being deported.

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The bill also provides $1.6 billion to build new fencing and levees along the Mexican border but does not fund the president's concrete border wall. On Wednesday, the speaker made a surprise trip to the White House, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joining in by phone, to try to keep Trump in accord.

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"I'm extremely disappointed", said the provision's co-author, Senate Republican Susan Collins.

US President Donald Trump has abandoned a threat to shut down the country's government by signing off on a budget despite being "unhappy" with many of its provisions. "Please do, Mr. President", he tweeted. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus.

"As this funding becomes available, I'll be urging President Trump to follow through on his promise and finally prioritize aid for states like New Hampshire that are reeling from this crisis".

Some deficit hawks cheered Trump's threat to veto it.

"I think you ought to read the bills before we vote on them", Paul told Fox News.

The surprise threat also threatened to undermine future efforts by White House staff tasked with negotiating on Trump's behalf.

Trump's decision to ultimately sign the bill averted what would have been the third federal shutdown of the year, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid.

It funds the government through September and beefs up military spending - something both Democrats and Republicans support.

"Their goal was to boost military spending definitively and to make sure that there is a stable funding source going forward", Sances said.


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