Pelosi to oppose sweeping budget deal over lack of protections for DREAMers

Pelosi to oppose sweeping budget deal over lack of protections for DREAMers

Pelosi to oppose sweeping budget deal over lack of protections for DREAMers

Democrats cancelled a retreat due to urgent nature of the bill, which does not contain any amendment to USA immigration law, the major issue that ultimately led to a shutdown last month, as a result of lawmakers failing to reach an agreement.

The deal would lift spending caps on United States defence and domestic programmes by about $300bn, AP news agency said this week. Non-defence programmes would receive about 60 billion dollars (£43 billion) over current levels.

Democrats had been demanding "parity" as part of the deal, meaning that domestic spending gets the same increase the defense spending gets as part of any deal.

The House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday night, but it has little chance of passing the Senate as written. The limit on military spending would be increased by $80 billion in the current fiscal year and by $85 billion in the next year, which begins October 1, the aide said.

The agreement includes an additional four-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, on top of the six-year extension that Congress approved last month, Schumer said. The issue of extending DACA and funding the president's southern border wall would still be up for debate, with a larger debate expected to continue until a deal is reached that both sides can work with, though the demands of the president still hover over the head of Congress.

If all, or at least most, Democrats follow Pelosi to vote against the budget deal, and are joined by the 36-member Freedom Caucus, the measure could fail in a floor vote.

Since then, Trump has extended an immigration compromise with Democrats, going far beyond the "Dreamers" they want to protect and offering to provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens. "And in the Senate, on those rare occasions when we have those kind of open debates, whoever gets to 60 wins".

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The ongoing negotiations hit a major impasse Wednesday, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying she needed a "firm commitment" from Speaker Paul Ryan on an up-or-down vote on DACA.

Pelosi spoke on the House floor for more than eight hours on Wednesday in hopes of forcing a vote on DACA.

There's also US$6 billion to combat opioid abuse and improving mental health, and US$2 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said, "We have reached a budget deal that neither side loves, but both sides can be proud of".

"We're certainly happy with the direction that it's moving", press secretary Sarah Sanders said, adding that the White House would need to see the final components. The bill also includes $90 billion in disaster aid funding, making for a total of roughly $400 billion in spending. "However, the longer @NancyPelosi bloviate on the House Floor against the deal - the more I'm inclined to support it".

One Republican present at the White House round table, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, disagreed with the president about provoking a government shutdown.

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