Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United States budget deal facing opposition from both parties as vote looms

United States budget deal facing opposition from both parties as vote looms

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had initially promised to secure a DACA extension by the end of 2017; then, when December 31 came and went, by a mid-January deadline to fund the federal government.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesperson said Ryan has "repeatedly stated" he supports an immigration reform bill including DACA.

On Capital Hill as the deal was being made protesters were making the same demands.

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When asked if the president would like to see immigration added to the budget deal White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said immigration is a separate issue and Pelosi should support a budget deal. "When you put it all together, a quarter-of-a-trillion-dollar increase in discretionary spending - not what we're supposed to be doing". We're putting more support for the military than for domestic, breaking that sort of old Obama rule and prioritizing the military.

After speaking for more than five hours, Pelosi was handed a note, saying it read "a vote will occur soon after I yield back". We support funding for our military, but growing the size of government by 13 percent adds to the swamp instead of draining it. "Insist that a solution be included in this must-pass spending bill".

The package boosts both military and domestic spending by almost $300 billion for two years, and provides an additional $90 million in disaster aid for coastal and Western states hit hard by last year's hurricanes and wildfires. "Those are the people we need to speak to". "I just got word that the House historian confirms that you have now set the record for the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909", said Pelosi, reading aloud from a clerk's message. The ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus formally took the position to vote against the plan, though a couple of members are expected to break off and vote for the deal. And group leader Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called the agreement a "monstrosity".

"This was such a proud day for me because when my grandson blew out the candles on his cake, they said, 'Did you make a wish?' [.] He said, 'I wish I had brown skin and brown eyes like Antonio, '" Pelosi said to fellow representatives.

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But it wasn't just hardliners who were unhappy with the bill.

Pelosi said the House should push into immigration legislation and noted that Senate Republicans have slated a debate on the politically freighted subject starting next week.

The core of the agreement would shatter tight "caps" on defence and domestic programs funded by Congress each year. But the bill's chances in the House are still unclear.

The spending package could become a defining moment ahead of the midterm election when control of the House, and the narrow balance of power in the Senate, are at stake.

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