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Senate Reaches Trillion Dollar Budget Deal

Senate Reaches Trillion Dollar Budget Deal

“a debt junky’s dream”

Wednesday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Schumer announced the Senate had come to a budget agreement. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the deal “a significant bipartisan step forward.”

The agreement keeps the government open for six weeks and provides two years of massive spending hikes.

From CBS News:

“I am pleased to announce that we have reached a two-year budget deal,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

The massive agreement directs relief to all corners, from a cash-strapped military to storm-ravaged states.

“This bill is the product of extensive negotiations,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said.

The bill addresses several looming crises. It funds the government for six weeks and raises federal budget caps for two years, with the increase divided almost equally between defense spending ($165 billion) and domestic spending ($131 billion).

The bill also lifts the nation’s debt ceiling for a year and allocates $90 billion in emergency funds for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires.

A release from McConnell’s office spelled out the particulars which include:

  • This agreement will unwind the sequestration cuts that have hamstrung America’s armed forces and jeopardized our national security by funding the military at this year’s National Defense Authorization Act levels.
  • It breaks the spending “parity” demanded for years by Democrats by giving defense a larger funding increase than non-defense discretionary spending. Compared to current law spending caps, the agreement increases defense discretionary funding by $80 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and $85 billion in FY 2019 vs. an increase in non-defense domestic discretionary of $63 billion in FY 2018 and $68 billion in FY 2019.
  • This agreement provides for America’s veterans by helping reduce the maintenance backlog at the Veterans Administration.
  • It also provides almost $90 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief efforts for communities crippled by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas.
  • This agreement includes $6 billion over two years to bolster the ongoing fight against opioid addiction and substance abuse by funding grants, prevention programs, and law enforcement efforts in vulnerable communities across the country.
  • The agreement includes a $20 billion new investment in America’s infrastructure — a bipartisan priority shared by the President and lawmakers in both parties.
  • The agreement lifts the debt limit through March 1, 2019.
  • It includes structural reforms to Medicare and cuts to Obamacare, and repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) from Obamacare.
  • It includes an extension of funding for Community Health Centers.
  • This agreement includes an extension of tax relief provisions that are supported by Republicans and Democrats.
  • It includes $2 billion in funding over two years for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • It establishes two committees to address pension and budget/appropriations reform.

Congress has until Thursday night to pass a funding bill or face another shutdown. The Senate may have come to an agreement, but they need the House to sign off on it too.

Not everyone is keen on the deal. As CBS reported, Rep. Nancy Pelosi is not willing to support the bill unless an immigration reform component is added:

“This package cannot have my support,” House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said. Pelosi is holding out for a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on immigration.

“This is about the children,” she said. “That’s what we’re asking for, just simply a vote.”

Commandeering the House floor for more than eight hours Wednesday, Pelosi read letters from so called “Dreamers.”

They’ve also lost the ACLU:

Republican Congressmen are equally unimpressed with the spending palooza:

“I’ll support it,” Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said. “I think it’s the best deal we can get. To me the main thing is funding the military.”

Now GOP leaders must quell a conservative uprising. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, said the bill is “a debt junky’s dream.” Budget hawks balked at the new domestic funding demanded by Democrats.

“I don’t know what kind of waste we’ve got to swallow in order to get an agreement on defense,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, said.

The Hill had more reaction:

House conservatives on Wednesday revolted against a massive bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and bust spending caps, complaining that the GOP could no longer lay claim to being the party of fiscal responsibility.

“I’m not only a ‘no.’ I’m a ‘hell no,’” quipped Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), one of many members of the Tea Party-aligned Freedom Caucus who left a closed-door meeting of Republicans saying they would vote against the deal.

It’s a “Christmas tree on steroids,” lamented one of the Freedom Caucus leaders, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.).

“This spending proposal is disgusting and reckless — the biggest spending increase since 2009,” conservative Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted after the meeting. “I urge every American to speak out against this fiscal insanity.”

The debt hike, in particular, is giving conservatives “heartburn,” said Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), a member of the GOP vote-counting team.

Without even getting into the details of the agreement, nothing about a trillion dollar spending increase is ok. Nothing. And shame on Senate Republicans for agreeing to this kind of spending without significant cuts.


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Sounds like a PR fakeout. A real deal would not be announced by the Minority Leader.

    Disco Stu_ in reply to tom_swift. | February 8, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Isn’t such federal-spending legislation supposed to originate in the House of Representatives?

    You know, the People’s House?

      Milhouse in reply to Disco Stu_. | February 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      The legislation did originate in the House. It was in the senate. This morning the senate passed it with amendments and sent it back to the House. That’s how it’s supposed to work.

And Nancy is still on her day-long yapfest in the House trying to stop it

Should be making for some soundbite doozies by now.

She’s incoherent right out of the gate each morning.

the GOPe never misses a chance to miss a chance.

that which cannot continue, won’t.

    Well, we know we can’t trust McConnell or Ryan any more than we can most democrats.

    Imagine our government with Trump in the White House and a real American leading the Senate, and a real American as Speaker?

    Trump is learning. You can be sure he’s thinking the same way.

notice how what is NOT in the deal is anything to do with the Dreamers. Dem’s whole plan since Christmas has been to hold any budget resolution hostage so that they could get amnesty for illegals.

There will be no deal on the dreamers, or the wall. Dems have decided to block any progress on anything and hope they take the house in November.

They have no clue as to how easy it is going to be for Trump to play this against them.

ugottabekiddinme | February 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm

Announced by Chuck Schumer? Like the “immigration deal” he announced after his chat with President Trump a few weeks ago?

Is McConnell in hiding?

Whatever happened to “regular order”, I wonder?

The word missing from this “deal” is “wall”.

    The word missing from this CF is ‘Budget.’ Or ‘Spending restraint.’ Or ‘Reductions.’

    There is a word in there, but it’s more “Ohmyfreakingheavenshowmuchmoneyareyouburningonthat?!”

Clearly, Trump will veto this if it doesn’t include funding the wall. So it’s probably the intent of the dems to get him to do that and take the blame for shutting down the government.

“It establishes two committees to address pension and budget/appropriations reform.”
Finally, a great win for the American people.

This smells like Schumer and some GOPe ( Lindsay, cough cough ) trying to do their own box-in maneuver on the President. Something tells me this isn’t going to go like they think.

Can anybody remember the last time the GOP downsized government?
Why do we keep electing these liars?

If Republicans were actually willing to cut spending, they could pass an actual Budget, not a 6 week CR, with ZERO help from D’s.

Reconciliation Rules.

All they have to do is write a bill that gets a CBO score showing no increase to the deficit and they can pass that with a simple majority in the Senate.

If they’re really that keen on increasing military spending, they could offset that with deeper cuts to the wasteful garbage the D’s have larded up the budget with over the 8 years Obama disgraced the WH.

buckeyeminuteman | February 8, 2018 at 6:25 am

Let’s just throw billions of extra dollars at our fiscal problems. That will fix them. If I didn’t know any better, I would sssume this was one of those plans wherein Obama says “jump” and Boehner would ask “how high?”

Vote anyone who approves of this out of office in November. And enough with the damn CRs!

Wait until her “wishes he were brown-haired-brown-eyed-brown-skinned” grandchild can’t get a job because illegals get to be first in line.

I have some hope that the conservatives in Congress will derail this.

Not a lot. But some…

” And shame on Senate Republicans for agreeing to this kind of spending…”

Republicans? We don’ need no stinkin’ Republicans.

The House and the Senate have one freaking job! One! To come up with a budget that both houses can agree on and the president can sign BEFORE the end of the Fiscal year on October 1.

It’s not that complicated. The various congresses and houses did it for well over a century. Heck, the *present* House sent their actual honest budget in well before the deadline. The Senate has been the dying place for fiscal restraint for well over a decade now, far longer than the previous White House resident. (although his frantic attempts at spending dug us a *really* deep hole, much deeper than before he wandered into office)

First there is no budget deal here. This is a spending and debt cap increase deal, which has NO appropriated funds for anything, except FEMA.

This is simply another cave-in by Senate Republicans. There is little likelihood that this will make it through the House. The Senate got burned for the last shutdown and this is simply an effort to make it look as though the House Republicans are responsible for a shutdown, if one occurs in the next few days.

Business as usual — politics, stupidity, corruption and unbelievable waste in every direction, while neglecting to take care of the necessary things. The leaderships of both parties should hang for what they’re doing.

Atta boy Mitch!
Go gettum’!!!
Good grief.

“a significant bipartisan step forward.”

Translation; “Chuck used lube so my ass doesn’t hurt as much this time!”