Pelosi to oppose sweeping budget deal over lack of protections for DREAMers

Posted February 09, 2018

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows said his Freedom Caucus will fight it, but "I'm afraid the numbers will get so high and the debt ceiling will get added and it will be a Christmas tree of spending - that a lot of votes will be bought". The would mean Speaker Paul Ryan would need Democrats to support the package; If other House Democrats follow Pelosi's lead, it would be doomed.

"We've had serious disagreements but instead of us going to our own separate corners, we came together with an agreement that is very good for the American people", he said.

In another sign of the Republican-controlled Congress' inability to get basic work done, the House in a 245-182 vote sent to the Senate a temporary spending Bill to extend most agency funding until March 23. It would lift spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act by nearly $300 billion over the next two years to make room for spending priorities, including an $80 billion boost this year for defense spending and a corresponding $63 billion boost in non-defense domestic spending, according to Roll Call.

More funding for disaster relief: The plan includes $90 billion more to be spent on disaster aid for recent hurricanes and wildfires, which have spurred calls from some lawmakers for a more robust federal response.

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The budget agreement "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus", Pelosi said, as reported by AP. The deal appears to have the votes to pass, but rules of the Senate allow individual senators to hold up the process.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Before the deal was announced, the House passed a partisan bill that would fund government for six weeks and the military through the remainder of fiscal year 2018.

Numerous more conservative House Republicans have said they will oppose the budget deal due to deficit concerns. "We are certainly happy with the direction that it's moving, particularly that we're moving away from the crisis budgeting that we have been on in the past", she said.

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At any other time, House Democrats would have taken a domestic spending victory and moved on.

However, McConnell said he anticipates Congress will pass one last another short-term bill by Thursday that will be needed to provide enough time to write and prepare the legislation to accommodate the new agreement.

President Trump has demanded funding for the border wall be included in any legislation to address a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which expires March 5. It increases both defense and domestic spending by $300 billion through 2020. Ryan could potentially have to rely on half of the House Democrats voting for the plan in order for it to pass.

Congressional Democrats have canceled their annual retreat as they remain in Washington this week to be available for votes on a possible spending plan. The program, which began in 2012 under the Obama administration, grants work permits to approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants - also known as "Dreamers" - who came to the US under the age of 16.

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