Senate Spending Bills In Peril As Last-Minute Objections Arise
Feb 10, 2018, 02:02
The upper chamber of Congress closed up shop late Thursday and scheduled a reopening for a new session at 12:01 am (0501 GMT) Friday, when it will launch a new effort to pass the bill to extend government funding. Early Friday morning, President Trump signed the bipartisan budget deal that sailed fairly smoothly through Congress once a vote was able to occur.
House GOP leaders shored up support among conservatives for the measure, which would shower the Pentagon with money but add hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation's $20 trillion-plus debt.
Early Friday morning marked the second time in less than a month that the United States government has shut down after failing to meet a midnight deadline, despite Senate leaders coming to a bipartisan agreement to fund the government.
If passed, the bill would then head to the House of Representatives. But they pointed to money they have long sought for the Pentagon, which they say needs huge sums for readiness, training and weapons modernization.
House Speaker Paul Ryan was quoted as saying by BBC the bill was "a great victory for our men and women in uniform" as the military would get more resources. Senate Republicans have pledged to hold a separate immigration debate this month. That additional spending worries some deficit-minded Republicans, and some Democrats are unhappy that immigration isn't part of the measure.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to his office after speaking on the Senate floor, at the Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington., as lawmakers pushed to enact a massive budget deal. "I'm also not advocating for keeping the damn thing open and borrowing a million dollars a minute", Paul said on Fox News.
The 71-to-28 Senate vote, which took place just before 2 a.m., capped a topsy-turvy day that featured filibuster threats, fuming congressional leaders, and frenzied vote counting.
Even without Pelosi, House passage of the budget bill was widely expected because it includes more money for disaster relief, infrastructure and healthcare, which Democrats favour.
The bill is opposed by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi because Republican House leaders will not guarantee her that they will allow a debate later on about taking steps to protect about 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation. The two-year spending deal would complete months of haggling on a variety of issues that have resulted in five incremental spending bills and a three-day government shutdown.
Trump tweeted Friday morning that he had signed the bill, writing that the USA military "will now be stronger than ever before".
But the plan faced criticism from deficit hawks in his own party.
Once known as the party of fiscal conservatism, the Republicans and Trump in December added an estimated US$1.5 trillion to the national debt with a tax overhaul bill, their only significant legislative achievement of 2017.
Congress is expected to vote Thursday on a bipartisan budget deal worth almost $400 billion.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the measure amounts to "doubling down on the irresponsible mentality in Congress of spend-now-pay-later".
But the deal contains far more money demanded by Democrats than had seemed possible only weeks ago.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Thursday that Democrats may have enough leverage to force Ryan's hand.
The core of the agreement would shatter tight "caps" on defense and domestic programs funded by Congress each year. And if any amendment passed, it would blow up the budget agreement.
The bipartisan compromise would provide the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. Those figures would be slightly increased for the 2019 budget year beginning October 1.
The Marist poll's numbers for Democrats are more optimistic than most polls, with its 11-point lead topping the RealClearPolitics average of 6.7 percent. "But also this includes long delayed disaster funding to aid recovery from the hurricanes and the wildfires".
The agreement would increase the government's borrowing limit to prevent a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks. Such debt limit votes are usually enormous headaches for GOP leaders, but the increase means another vote won't occur before March 2019.
The 650-page spending plan was only unveiled on Wednesday night, so the finer details are unclear.
In just two days, the photo bumps past Beyoncé's baby announcement as the most-liked picture in the history of Instagram . Former porn star Stormy Daniels offered Jenner advice after she named her daughter with boyfriend Travis Scott Stormi .
All the other pace bowlers picked a wicket each as the visitors could add only 59 runs in the last 10 overs and lost 6 wickets. England needed a big start and when Warner clattered David Willey's first ball back over his head, that seemed unlikely.
So in as much as stakeholders are heavily spending on ads, their audience is also responding very well to what they are offering. In addition to this, there’s a wide variety of games which the platform offers to cater for all types of gamers.
As ever, Apple recommends updating the latest version of iOS to ensure current security fixes are in place. "It's a huge deal ". As reported by Motherboard , certain "key" iOS source code was recently published on Github for the world to see.
New Orleans Police Department officials told reporters "the incident is the subject of an active and ongoing investigation". Moye, who also used the last name d'Baha, has been noted as the leader of a local Black Lives Matter group in Charleston.
As daylight broke, the crash scene revealed a tangle of crushed freight cars and part of the Amtrak train lying on its side. Lexington Medical Center said they had received 27 patients, all with minor injuries, and they are all being discharged.
Just like modern stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have made soccer all the more popular in the United States of America. Still unsure? The series has been shown online since 2010, and the demand to watch it shows the growth is likely to continue.
The Cleveland Cavaliers only got a glimpse of what Isaiah Thomas was capable of, but it was not enough for the Cavs to retain him. This will allow the Lakers to potentially make a run at LeBron James over this summer or possibly another big time free agent.
The firm owned 129,541 shares of the auto manufacturer's stock after purchasing an additional 17,650 shares during the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne has estimated about $1 billion a year in savings from the lower USA tax rate.
The annual revenue of Metafrax Group exceeded USD 660 million and the annual volume of investments amounted to USD 80 million. CHEMICAL ASSETS In 2014 Seyfeddin Roustamov became the major shareholder of the chemical company Metafrax (Perm region).
Who is the UK's Eurovision 2018 entry SuRie?
A singer from Bishop's Stortford will represent the United Kingdom at this year's Eurovision . It's such an honour to have the opportunity to represent a country I'm very, very proud of.
Airline Told Me to Flush Support Hamster Down Toilet, Flier Says
Goodman will represent Aldecosea should she decide to follow through with a lawsuit. "I didn't have any other options", she said. She told the newspaper she cried in a restroom stall for 10 minutes after feeling that she had no choice but to flush Pebbles .