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Senate leaders announce two-year budget pact

NATION-NOW     New short-term spending bill Defense is in DREAMers are out     
       New short-term spending bill Defense is in DREAMers are out

The latest temporary funding measure expires at midnight Thursday.

The performance had no immediate impact on Republican leaders, who have not agreed to a vote. "I keep hearing that theme - 'opened the door, "opened the door, '" Pelosi said, looking up from her letter-reading". And the number of Republicans who oppose the deal will also affect how many Democrats are needed to pass the bill. We'll take a bill that the president supports, so we look - put it this way, President Trump made a very serious and honest offer of goodwill with the reforms that he sent to the Hill.

The two-year deal doesn't include DACA protections and sets spending levels on military and domestic spending, while also adding to the ever-growing deficit, a concern that appears to have been abandoned in the name of avoiding another shutdown. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said he was willing to take up a bill proposed by the White House, offering amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrants in exchange for border wall funding and immigration reforms.

A multi-year deal is something Mattis and other Pentagon officials have beseeched Congress for.

The deal would provide $80 billion above the spending caps for defense and $63 billion for non-defense for this year.

The Senate bill would lift current federal spending limits by about $315 billion through 2019, according to The Washington Post.

But after last month's three-day government shutdown, Senate Democrats were willing to finalize a budget deal separately from the debate over immigration.

"It's hard. If we can get a good deal that funds disaster relief, funds domestic priorities, funds the opioid crisis it would be a difficult call", said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.

At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration supported the Senate budget deal and does not agree with Pelosi's request to include immigration issues as part of the agreement.

"I'm optimistic that very soon we'll be able to reach an agreement", Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Instead, the Kentucky Republican says the initial measure before lawmakers will be a bill that doesn't address the politically charged subject.

"There's some important programs that need to be funded, too", Tester said.

On the other side of the chamber sat only Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and two aides, seemingly waiting to seize the floor and begin debate on a home mortgage bill scheduled to be voted on later Wednesday.

Undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, known as "dreamers", are on the verge of losing their work permits after President Trump ended the program that protects them from deportation.

The U.S. Senate, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Wednesday reached a two-year budget deal to raise federal spending by nearly $300 billion, in an attempt to end the kind of squabbling over fiscal issues that has plagued Washington for years.

The plan is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate, where leaders are working on a separate, expansive deal. "I think it's going to be tough if they send back something that doesn't have the defense funding on it".

The agreement would increase the government's borrowing cap to prevent a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks. Budget gimmicks would be used to add more domestic spending, allowing Democrats to claim that the cap increase treats defense and non-defense equally.

Senate lawmakers are preparing for an open floor debate on immigration sometime next week, which McConnell has promised will result in some kind of final DACA package.

Meadows told MSNBC Wednesday that a bipartisan deal will draw "120 or 140 Democrats and maybe about the same on Republicans sending this to the president's desk".

The disagreement may mean the spending bill will bounce back and forth between the House and Senate several times in the coming days as the two sides try to resolve their differences.

Trump said on Tuesday he'd "love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of".

Legislators are looking at enormous increases for military and domestic spending, but have been squabbling over figures in the tens of billions of dollars as Democrats push for increases for domestic agencies to match whatever the Pentagon gets.