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USA budget deal to boost military, infrastructure spending

11 February 2018, 12:01 | Devin Moran

US budget deal to boost military, infrastructure spending: source

Senate budget deal would boost spending on health programs and the fight against opioids

Late Thursday, the tea party leader and Kentucky Republican put the brakes on the bill in protest over Congress' sudden willingness to embrace big deficit spending.

Trump's tweets came after Republican Sen.

Still, the Post pointed out there are good parts of the plan, including possibly preventing another government shutdown, increasing military spending, funding the Children's Health Insurance plan for another four years and devoting $6 billion to the opioid crisis and another $20 billion to infrastructure. The bill would avert a government shutdown on Friday (as the spending bill in effect will expire tomorrow) and would fund the government for two years.

He is pointing to upcoming talks on immigration, writing, "Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now!"

The Senate and House are expected to vote Thursday on the budget deal, which McConnell announced Wednesday with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

Still, it represented a bitter defeat for Democrats who followed a risky strategy to use the party's leverage on the budget to address immigration and ended up scalded by last month's three-day government shutdown.

"I don't think that we expect the budget deal to include specifics on the immigration reform", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The Democrats also want to make the immigrants eligible for citizenship or permanent residence.

President Donald Trump is making the case on Twitter for electing more Republicans to Congress after signing a $400 billion spending plan.

The most promising outcome may be a narrow bill extending DACA protections for a year or so and providing some border security money for Trump. No. 3 House GOP leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana says Republicans still disagree about "how to handle this number of people that Barack Obama encouraged to come in here illegally".

The two year extension for community health centers amounts to about $8 billion in funding.

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