August 16, 2018

Congressional Leaders Reach Spending Deal, But Passage Is Still In Doubt

08 February 2018, 09:26 | Darnell Patrick

Congressional Leaders Reach Spending Deal, But Passage Is Still In Doubt

Congressional Leaders Reach Spending Deal, But Passage Is Still In Doubt

The 245-182 vote continues a pattern of using stopgap spending to fund the government since the fiscal year began October 1, with lawmakers unable to agree to a full-year budget.

The deal placates Republican defense hawks by boosting spending for the military, lifting the spending cap put in place by the 2013 sequester agreement by $80 billion this year and $85 billion next year.

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and Chuck Schumer of NY, his Democratic counterpart, would raise strict caps on military and domestic spending that were imposed in 2011 as part of a deal with President Barack Obama that was once seen as a key triumph for Republicans in Congress.

Congress is on the verge of a long-term budget pact that would provide whopping spending increases to the Pentagon and domestic federal programs, overdue disaster relief money and, perhaps, legislation to increase the government's borrowing limit.

Aside from the budget deal, lawmakers were also trying to reach agreement by Thursday to avoid a government shutdown and fund the government until 23 March. Pelosi spent more than seven hours speaking on the House floor Wednesday in protest of the Trump administration's stance on DACA, thus sidelining the potential budget deal.

Senate leaders said they don't want to bring the government to the brink of a shutdown and see little risk that it would occur.

Earlier in the day, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told her House colleagues that she likes the spending piece of the proposal because it includes several priorities for his caucus, especially the funding for childcare, community health centers and job training programs. But at issue is a two-year deal to increase caps on spending set by a failed 2011 budget deal.

U.S. Senate leaders from both parties on Wednesday reached a deal to raise government spending and take other steps meant to curb Capitol Hill budget squabbling. Once the bill passed the House, it went to the Senate, which unveiled a bipartisan deal to lift the funding caps on both domestic and defense spending, without addressing the Dreamers. Meanwhile, non-defense spending would grow by $63 billion this year, and $68 billion in the following one.

Democrats want to ensure equal increases for domestic and military programs.

Amazon's discounted Prime Exclusive phones ditch the lock screen ads
That will continue to be the case, and the phones will still ship with many Amazon apps preinstalled. But the apps are also updated through the Play Store, so the rules should apply to any updates.

Tsunami Warning mistakenly sent to phones
AccuWeather , a private service based in State College, Pa., said it sent out the message because of a coding error by the NWS. Apparently the National Weather Service was testing a tsunami alert, but the word test didnt make it into the final message.

Spiders with 'long whippy' tails found in 100 million year old amber
The creatures are less than a quarter-inch long (5.5 millimeters) including their tails, which account for half that length. Egg-wrapping is a vital function for spider silk, as well as laying a trail to find its way back home".

"I thought it has been the right move for some time", RSC Chairman Mark Walker said Monday after leaders announced the plan during a Monday evening conference meeting.

Votes from Democrats - possibly as many as 100 - would be needed to get the budget agreement passed in the House, because many Republicans are balking at the cost.

For some Democrats and a more Republicans than the White House may realize, the spending outline has one added bonus: it effectively circumvents Trump's budget requests that gut programs like environmental protection, diplomacy, small business assistance, public art and education.

"I'm going to structure in such a way that's fair to everyone", he told reporters Tuesday, adding, "Whoever gets to 60 wins", in reference to the threshold necessary to advance a measure in the Senate.

Most of the caucus' closed-door meetings focus on current issues - the ongoing Russian Federation investigations; the Justice Department's attempts to curb state marijuana legalization laws; how Democrats can push back against the GOP-sponsored tax reform plan; and how to use social media to promote legislation and political priorities, according to an internal planning document obtained by The Washington Post.

Pelosi said the House should debate immigration legislation and noted that Senate Republicans have slated a debate on the politically freighted subject starting next week. Pelosi is holding out for a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on immigration.

That was a turnaround from Tuesday, when Trump had said he would "love" a shutdown if he did not get his way on immigration.

This sweeping agreement does not, however, address immigration, sidestepping the issue that led to a government shutdown last month. He schedule the debate as the price of quickly ending the Democrats' January filibuster of the government's temporary federal temporary budget.

In addition, Democrats won an additional $57 billion over two years in new funding for domestic programs - $26 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year, which began October 1, and $31 billion for fiscal year 2019.

Other News

Trending Now

Palestinian Teenager Shot Dead After Alleged Stabbing Attack Against Israeli Guard
This step entails seizing thousands of dunums of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank . A second security guard then shot and killed the assailant, the army said.

21 contract HIV after quack reuses syringe
Siddharth Nath Singh, Uttar Pradesh health minister, promised a crackdown on unqualified medics across the state. A case has been registered against the quack Rajendra Kumar at Bangarmau police station, the CMO said .

Snow to hit NE Ohio during the Super Bowl
While not much accumulation is expected today , there is a possibility of 1 to 2 inches tonight and that same amount Wednesday . It should remain as mostly all snow in those parts, although a wintry mix in some northern spots can not be ruled out.

DayZ Will Make Its Way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4
The game's become so popular that Microsoft's gone ahead and integrated the game with the system itself - in the same box, anyway. As a timed Xbox exclusive, " PUBG " fans will have to do with either a PC or Xbox One version of the game, at least for now.

Hong Kong court lets democracy activist Joshua Wong walk free
Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials accused the American politicians of interfering in domestic Chinese affairs. The disqualifications killed the pro-democracy lawmakers' veto powers in the legislative council.

Ireland's Varadkar Issues Warning to United Kingdom on Brexit Promises
The sides should progress by October in producing a joint report , transition period and the future relationship, Barnier said. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the China-UK Business Forum in Shanghai on February 2, 2018.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd tells Piers Morgan that pardoning suffragettes is "tricky"
This year marks 100 years since parliament passed the law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time . Pankhurst, who was arrested numerous times , led angry street demonstrations at which hundreds of suffragists were arrested.

Jerome Boateng heaps praise on Pep Guardiola and former club Manchester City
It seemed odd as the experience gained of mixing with Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne would surely have been invaluable. It's little surprise the Belgium worldwide was looking forward to the three days off that Guardiola gave his players.

Ex-Diplomat Explains Why US Nuclear Posture Likely to Fuel Arms Race
The strategy marks a resounding win for backers of the US nuclear enterprise and a setback for disarmament advocates. On Iran , the review said the main goal was to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

USA official warns of growing threat from North Korea
China has 300 warheads, making it the world's fifth nuclear power, after the US, Russia, United Kingdom, and France. Much of the regime's coal and fuel shipments passed through Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, or Russian ports.