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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled a bipartisan budget deal on the Senate floor on Wednesday that would boost military and non-defense spending by $300 billion over the next two years, as well as include a hike in the debt ceiling and more than $80 billion in disaster relief.

The accord was announced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. If approved, the deal would fund the government for the next two years.

"I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of", Trump said at a White House roundtable. "Yet, the Budget Caps Deal is a struggle for any one with fiscal concerns".

The funding deal was expected to draw opposition from Republican ultra-conservative fiscal hawks and was dismissed beforehand by some Democrats who are demanding congressional action to protect from deportation hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.

Disaster relief: Provide between $80 billion and $90 billion for hurricane and wildfire disaster relief.

The House will vote on its budget Thursday.

If there are no offsets as part of the deal, the increase in spending would result in could add roughly the same amount per year to the federal deficit as the recently passed Republican tax law, for which many GOP members voted.

Connolly predicted that more than the 45 Democrats who voted for the February 8 CR that ended a three-day government shutdown will back the budget deal but if Ryan needs significantly more votes - and he may because of GOP defections - he will have to offer Democrats something.

What the Senate deal does not include is any new language on immigration.

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday for a continuing resolution to keep the government open through March 23.

The additional military spending won the support of GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee such as Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who said "we are finally delivering" to the Pentagon "what we've promised: Stable funding they can rely on to address this readiness crisis and rebuild our military". And Senate leaders deserve credit for talking to one another and dealing in good faith, a model the House and the White House have resisted.

Do they give their support, given that there is increased funding for domestic issues like education and veterans affairs - a major victory considering Republicans ordinarily want to cut federal spending?

"There's not anything going on that I can tell", said Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, a former House Speaker when Democrats controlled the chamber.

"After months of fiscal brinkmanship, this budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship".

And the conservative House Freedom Caucus announced on Wednesday night that its "official position" would be to oppose the caps deal. In less than three days, the Democrats agreed to reopen the government and decouple immigration from the budget on the basis of McConnell's promise to discuss immigration reform. It also would extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 10 years instead of the current six, the source added.



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