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The Senate is on the verge of passing a massive budget deal

February 6, 2018

  I do not know about you but I am growing tired of the almost constant threat of a government shutdown because the Congress cannot get its act together and pass a budget. But it is that time once again, and this time it is being reported here that the Senate is on the verge of passing a massive budget deal which would likely be attached to the House stopgap measure.

  Here is more:

The Senate is on the verge of a massive budget deal that would increase spending levels for both domestic and defense programs over the next two years, according to congressional leaders and people briefed on the negotiations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met on Tuesday morning to discuss adding that deal into a must-pass spending bill this week, people briefed on the talks said. No final agreement has been reached, but Democrats and Republicans expect one within the day.

The two leaders said after their meeting that they were close to clinching a deal that has eluded Congress for months.

The deal is expected to bust budget caps by $300 billion for both domestic and defense programs over the next two years. It will also achieve near parity between defense and domestic funding increases — a key priority of Democrats — and approach $150 billion in new defense spending to satisfy hawks, according to a person briefed on the talks.

  Apparently the Republicans are no longer interested in cutting the budget or in reigning in spending, they are more interested in avoiding any blame for shutting the government down and taking a possible hit in November. In other words, they are blinking because all they really care about is doing whatever they feel it takes to hold on to power.

  Donald Trump has threatened to let the government shut down if immigration reform is not dealt with but there is no mention of the wall, DACA, border security, chain immigration, or the VISA lottery program in the article I linked to above, leading me to believe none of this is in there.

  I would guess that these issues are going to be dealt with on some level in the House stop gap measure and then attached to the Senate deal but will whatever the House comes up with be enough to satisfy the President or will be follow the lead of the Senate Republicans and blink?

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  1. Brittius permalink
    February 7, 2018 4:57 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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