The 45th President of the United States has had a whirlwind year of breaking records, dismantling Obama’s shady legacy, and massive legislative wins. But this Wednesday saw the president’s polished negotiating skills score another notch in his already impressive belt. Congressional leaders, in concert with the Trump White House, clinched a two-year budget deal to lift strict spending caps on defense and other domestic priorities.
This officially puts an end to the short-term spending bills and government shutdown fights!
Check it out per Politico:
The deal is expected to increase defense and domestic spending by roughly $300 billion over two years, according to administration and congressional sources, as well as lift the debt ceiling and include tens of billions in disaster aid.
“This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among congressional leaders and the White House. No one thinks this bill is perfect. But we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in announcing the agreement.
“The budget deal doesn’t have everything Democrats want. It doesn’t have everything the Republicans want. But it has a great deal of what the American people want,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “After months of legislative logjams, this budget deal is a genuine breakthrough.”
“I’m not going to say every piece of it. But obviously we’re excited about the defense numbers,” said Marc Short, the White House legislative director. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also told reporters the deal accomplished “our top priority,” with the defense boost.
Here’s the scoop on immigration, per Fox News:
The agreement, though, does not tackle immigration — at a time when Congress is debating how to address those affected by the looming expiration of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program gave a deportation reprieve to young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
McConnell has committed to a freewheeling debate on immigration if the Senate is still open after Feb. 8.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved their version of a stopgap spending bill to run the government through March 23 and bolster defense funding.
The House’s top Democrat swung out against the latest plan.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California announced she would oppose the budget measure unless her chamber’s GOP leaders promised a vote on legislation to protect “Dreamer” immigrants.
What do you think of President Trump’s
excellent negotiating skills?
And what’s the next step on immigration?