Senate leaders announce budget agreement, to hike in Pentagon spending

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The house stopgap spending bill now headed to the Senate

Kelly Wright reports from Washington, DC

Republican and democratic Senate leaders, a budget agreement Wednesday that includes a big boost in spending for the Pentagon and the government would be announced last date of completion runs.

“I’m pleased to announce that our bipartisan, two-chamber-spending negotiations over the defense and other priorities have resulted in a significant agreement,” Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the speech said in a floor.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, “We have a budget deal that neither side loves, but both sides can be proud of.”

Congress has until Feb. 8 handed over the invoice, and the business of the government until March, 23 would Fund. While Congress would still have other spending measure must pass, the deadline, the agreement Wednesday announced includes a long-term Pact to lift the expenditure cap of around US $ 400 billion for the Pentagon and domestic programs over two years.

Minister of defense James Mattis said Wednesday he was encouraged by the deal.

“I’m glad that Congress recognizes the sobering effect of the budgetary uncertainty on America’s military and the men and women who said, for our national defense,” Mattis during the White house briefing.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also expressed optimism about the a lot of, although would say if the President handed over the contract to sign, if.

“Look, we welcome the steps they have made, but we’re going to have to see what is in the final bill. We are certainly pleased with the direction in which it moves, in particular, that we are way out of the crisis budgeting, which we have already said in the past,” she said.

McConnell said the measure would write existing defense limits “crippled our armed forces, and endanger our national security.”

The bill eliminates the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration caps for defense and nondefense programs. The caps have been in 2011 in the framework of the Budget Control Act, the debt-to-lifting limit.

The deal would limit you to lift the debt, and also includes disaster assistance for hurricane-affected areas, as well as a four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The agreement, however, does not address immigration — at a time when Congress is debating how the affected by the impending expiry of the former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or daca. The program was a deferral of the deportation of young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

McConnell has committed, a free-wheeling debate on immigration when the Senate is still open after Feb. 8.

The house of representatives on Wednesday night confirmed their version of a stopgap spending bill, the government lead by the 23. March, and to strengthen defense funding.

The house’s top Democrat, swung against the latest plan.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California announced they would measure against the budget, unless her chamber, the GOP leader promised a vote on legislation for the protection of the “dreamer” immigrants.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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