Congress is set to open the door to a gargantuan budget deal

Anger rises from left as DACA left out of budget deal again

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- The same people who spent the Obama years insisting that the Democratic president was spending the country into certain oblivion have suddenly made peace with a Republican president who seems to care even less about the debt.

That deal would nix strict budget caps, set in 2011 to reduce the federal deficit, and would allow Congress to spend billions of dollars more in the current fiscal year and in fiscal year 2019.

Defense spending would increase by $80 billion over current law in this fiscal year and $85 billion in the one that begins October 1. It also would postpone a reckoning with the federal debt limit. Bloomberg News reports, "The deal would be at least partly paid for by cuts to mandatory spending programs elsewhere in the budget, according to the Republican summary".

"For the first time in years, our armed forces will have more of the resources they need to keep America safe", said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The Senate will have an open amendment process on an immigration bill next week, and she sought a similar assurance.

Those twin moves - both of which were strongly backed by the White House - confirm that the Republican Party as it existed before Donald Trump's hostile takeover has ceased to exist.

President Trump has offered a DACA deal in exchange for immigration reforms and border wall.

After Senate leaders announced the agreement, Mattis praised it at a news conference in the White House briefing room, where he repeated nearly verbatim his warning to the House Armed Services Committee.

"We have to be strong as a country... to respect the aspirations of people who are our future", Pelosi said on the House floor. Some scoffed at Pelosi's speech, meant to elicit a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow a vote on subsequent legislation to protect the younger immigration.

The accord, between 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.

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The White House backs the Senate deal.

Senate leaders have reached a two-year budget agreement to resolve a months-long impasse over spending levels.

Less than three weeks after the U.S. government shut down for three days after Democratic senators would not support a spending Bill that did not include protection for young undocumented immigrants, the threat of another shutdown loomed large this week. The limit on military spending would be increased by $80 billion in the current fiscal year and $85 billion in the next year, which begins October 1.

As Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called a two-year, bipartisan budget deal the "best thing" lawmakers have done for the middle class, his counterpart in the House was almost three hours in to a marathon speech protesting the deal.

The result would be a boost in Pentagon spending of about $80 billion each year beyond what the law allows, rising from $551 billion in fiscal 2017 to $647 billion by fiscal 2019.

Senate leaders have reached a budget deal, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.

One can fairly ask why on Earth we're spending more on increasing the military's already massive budget than on our catastrophically underfunded infrastructure system, relief for Puerto Rico, or a hundred other pressing policy challenges.

"I am optimistic that what the House did earlier this week and what the Senate did today can come together this week, and give us the budget that then enables us to carry out our responsibilities", Mattis told reporters at the White House. 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.

Government shutdowns like the one that lasted three days in January are very damaging to the military, he said.

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