Fiscal conservatives poised for defeat in U.S. spending bill

Fiscal conservatives poised for defeat in U.S. spending bill”

US lawmakers sought to reach an agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, with immigration issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall and protections for young "Dreamer" immigrants at the center of negotiations.

Ryan said lawmakers were also discussing including a proposal to improve federal background checks for gun purchases.

"There's still too many open issues", said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Democrats appear likely to yield on $1.6 billion in wall funding, but they are digging in against Trump's plans to hire hundreds of new immigration agents.

"Everything that was significant is a work in progress. There is nothing defined" yet, said Republican Representative Mark Meadows, who heads the right-wing House Freedom Caucus.

Talks were expected to go late into the night.

Democrats and Republicans agreed on top-line spending levels in February, when they approved a sweeping budget deal and a short-term funding measure to keep the government open until midnight March 23.

Another deadline looms to avoid a government shutdown. But lawmakers reportedly aren't too anxious about another government shutdown or temporary funding bill. He and others said several controversial provisions were still being negotiated. Ryan told reporters that he hopes to have final text of the omnibus bill by Tuesday.

Trump discontinued the subsidy payments past year.

Lawmakers said congressional leaders were also arguing over whether to include federal payments for constructing a New York-New Jersey railroad tunnel, a project known as the Gateway Program.

The fiscal year for 2018 began October 1, but Congress has failed to pass a long-term measure to fund federal agencies - relying instead on five stopgap measures to keep the government open. But the House timetable might have to be delayed a day, some aides and lawmakers said.

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