McConnell tees up budget deal

Pelosi stages talkathon to push for vote for'dreamers

"Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill - one that the president supports", Strong said in an email to USA TODAY.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took the unusual step of holding the House floor for more than two hours to talk about her opposition to a deal, announcing that she can not support the spending deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to an open immigration debate, with the opportunity for members to offer amendments. The would mean Speaker Paul Ryan would need Democrats to support the package; If other House Democrats follow Pelosi's lead, it would be doomed.

"We didn't agree on anything, but at least we got them talking some specifics- obviously there are wide areas of disagreement, which will not surprise you, but it was useful", he said of Tuesday's immigration meeting.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said he was "disappointed" the Senate was moving forward with the caps deal without a DACA deal, but said he has to see what the upper chamber sends back to the House before he can determine whether he supports the measure.

With the threat of another government shutdown looming, the Senate was poised to pass a massive two-year budget agreement Thursday that would pave the way for more than $400 billion in increased defense and domestic spending and raise the nation's borrowing limit for a year.

The deal also provides nearly $90bn for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, which have been hard-hit by hurricanes in the a year ago.

The deal - negotiated by congressional leaders and released late Wednesday night - must still clear several procedural hurdles in the Senate.

Brokered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the budget accord will increase military and domestic spending alike, lifting what were arbitrary caps on their growth imposed in 2011. "At the same time, we reserve the right and the authority that if we feel like that they're falling short on something that we promised or what's best for our constituents, then we'll throw a flag on it".

The House passed a separate short-term spending bill on Tuesday.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the domestic spending increases were too much for him and other conservatives to stomach.

"American families with children who benefit with CHIP will now be able to rest easy for the next decade", Schumer said Wednesday.

The White House plan-which would put 1.8 million immigrants on a path to citizenship, boost border security, and dramatically curtail legal immigration-has been panned by Democrats.

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

"I am hopeful we can come to an agreement, an agreement very soon". Unlike last month, when Democrats briefly blocked a federal spending bill to try to push Republicans on immigration, neither party has linked the two issues this time as lawmakers have been negotiating over possible immigration compromises. Trump has said he plans to kill DACA next month.

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