Budget Deal to End Months of Partisan Fights
Congress is set to vote today on a new proposed compromise budget allocating over $500 billion to federal spending, according to The Washington Post. If the plan wins, it would settle months of wrangling between Republicans and Democrats by adding more to the federal deficit, ending the need for short-term agreements.
The proposal came after House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave an eight hour speech about DACA and the “dreamers” yesterday. Pelosi also broke a modern record for the longest continuous House floor speech. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was eager to secure military funding, ensuring that the new budget could incorporate DACA if the military spending cap was raised. The deal also includes new funding for several items supported by both parties, including infrastructure and transportation, according to The Post.
According to CNN, the proposal is likely to pass, perhaps with some hold-up from House Dems like Pelosi who have expressed concerns over immigration. The budget would need to be finalized tonight before another shutdown.
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