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US announces two-year budget deal
    2018-February-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE U.S. Senate leaders unveiled a massive two-year budget deal Wednesday, a major victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week and increase the federal government’s spending. But the plan still needs to pass the House, where it’s already facing strong headwinds.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the deal with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor, which would boost military and non-defense spending by US$300 billion over the next two years as well as add more than US$80 billion in disaster relief. About US$160 billion would go to the Pentagon and about US$128 billion to non-defense programs. The agreement also includes aid to respond to recent natural disasters.

The key outlying issue appears to be for how long to hike the debt ceiling, which the U.S. is expected to hit next month, though the exact parameters were still being negotiated when the deal was announced.

“I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement,” McConnell said in his announcement.

While that bill is expected to pass easily in the Senate, the House will be a tougher sell. The caps deal will likely need Democratic support and some Democrats have been emphatic that they don’t want to agree to raise budget caps until they have assurances that recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program will be protected. The effort got a boost from President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening.

“The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military,” Trump tweeted, “It ends the dangerous sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great. Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this bill!”

(SD-Agencies)

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