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Shutdown Confirmed: US Senate Back In Session

Shutdown Confirmed: US Senate Back In Session

"We are going to deliver our share of support", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. It will help us serve the veterans who have bravely served us.

Earlier, Paul, a Republican, delayed the passage of the bill as he was unhappy with the huge increases in spending that the deal would entail.

But the fate of the overall budget deal remained uncertain Wednesday, with House conservatives expressing concerns about the increased deficit spending and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying the agreement does nothing to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children. The deal does not address immigration. Rand Paul, who protested the budget-busting measure.

"This is exploding. This deficit is exploding and there isn't the alarm you should see", Sen. "We will solve this DACA problem", he pledged.

Funding to keep the federal government operating expires at midnight on Thursday, and thus it is expected that the budget deal will be approved before that.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Joe Crowley of NY said the calculation for members is "complex", with members having to weigh what's best for their individual districts and the desire to help the DREAMers.

Many Democrats support the budget deal, but were unhappy with the compromise because it doesn't tackle immigration - specifically addressing the plight of DREAMers, including the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the US illegally after being brought to the country as children and who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to expire on March 5.

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced on Wednesday that he and Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan agreement on a two-year federal budget that Schumer said could "positively impact" middle-class New Yorkers.

However, it was too late to prevent a federal shutdown that was already underway in a setback for the Republican-controlled Congress.

But the plan faced criticism from deficit hawks in his own party.

34 GOP House members resigning vs. 16 Democrats

The spending bill would modify the discretionary spending caps enforced by the Budget Control Act for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The proposal also includes another $160 billion in "emergency" funds, which don't count against the spending caps, for additional military and domestic needs. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

The plan would suspend the federal debt ceiling and provide hurricane and wildfire disaster aid, according to a Republican summary of the deal.

Just three weeks ago, a similar failure to agree on a new budget in January resulted in a USA government shutdown for three days, with scores of federal agencies across America unable to continue operating. "Some of them want attention and some of them are just knuckleheads, but this is the same exercise we go through every time".

"We're making real progress on a spending deal that would increase the caps for both military and middle-class priorities on the domestic side that my colleagues have been fighting for", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. There's also $6 billion to combat opioid abuse and improving mental health, and $2 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health.

"The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military", he tweeted.

The two-year spending pact will let lawmakers spend $300 billion more than current law allows. Those figures would be slightly increased for the 2019 budget year beginning October 1.

A two-year reauthorization of community health centers, with $7 billion in total funding.

The agreement would increase the government's borrowing limit to prevent a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks.

It will extend Government funding through March 23.

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