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Kelly Wright reports from Washington, DC
Republican and democratic U.S. senators announced a two-year budget agreement Wednesday with an increase in military spending, an extension for the children’s health Insurance Program and additional funds for disaster aid, among other issues.
“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, R-Ky, said in a speech on the House floor.
It is a offer loves “no side, but both sides can be proud of,” Senate Minority Leader Schumer, D-NY, added.
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Here are 6 things that the Senate’s nearly $400 billion budget.
It’s not about DACA, leave the dreamer in a state of limbo
Schumer said Democratic leaders are shifting their strategy to prvent another government shutdown on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that protects the nearly 800,000 people without papers who were brought into the U.S. as children.
Instead, Schumer said, the party would focus on the fight for an offer that would solve several other areas of interest, including the financing for the existing infrastructure projects, and a plan to combat the opioid epidemic Democrats hope to solve the immigration debate to a later time, Schumer said.
But Schumer does not speak in the name of all Democratic lawmakers, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
“This morning, we took a measure of our group, because the package of bipartisan legislation to protect the dreamer in the house,” said nothing to advance Pelosi, as she shared the stories of the “dreamers” on the House floor for more than five hours on Wednesday. “Without a commitment of the speaker Ryan is comparable with the commitment of Leader McConnell, this package has my support.”
McConnell said he would agree to a debate on immigration goes to the stopgap spending bill.
It provides much-needed disaster relief
The agreement contains over 90 billion US dollars in overdue, disaster assistance, providing aid for hurricane-ravaged Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, in addition to areas destroyed by forest fires, particularly in California.
The would is the total, for disaster relief in the Wake of the 2017 hurricane season to nearly $140 billion.
President Trump met with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello in the White house in October.
The pair discussed the actions and Trump told reporters that he gave his approval to the Congress for a funding plan to address damage to the island caused by hurricane Maria.
“I think we have done a really great job and had good cooperation from the Governor, and we always said,” Trump. “Step by step, it is taken care of, and I say, we have a wonderful, and the people in Puerto Rico have, a wonderful representative of…”
It will increase domestic and military spending
The deal would increase a big boost — an $80 billion — the Pentagon for military spending for the current budget year.
Nondefense programs is about US $ 60 billion above the current level would receive. These figures would be slightly increased, for the 2019 budget year, early Oct. 1.
“For the first time in years, that said our armed forces have more resources, they need to keep America safe,” McConnell. “They help us, the veterans who have served bravely and us. And it will make sure to fight that funding for important efforts such as disaster relief, infrastructure and the building of our work opioid abuse and drug addiction.”
It extends the children’s health Insurance Program
The budget deal also extends the children’s health Insurance Program (CHIP), a system created in 1997, provides low-cost health insurance for children in families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid, at the age of six to 10.
The CHIP includes, in addition to the routine check-ups, doctor visits, prescriptions, ambulance service and the hospital, among other things, to HealthCare.gov.
Each state has to program a CHIP, but the rules and qualifications vary state to state.
Almost 9 million children in the U.S. were enrolled in the CHIP program for the year 2016, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
It helps the fight against the opioid crisis
The offer also takes a big step forward in the national fight against the opioid epidemic — an issue that Trump has been relentlessly fighting since he took office. It will devote $is the abuse of 6 billion in the direction of the mental health and the fight against opioid.
“This agreement is also said on the strengths of our ongoing national fight against opioid addiction and abuse,” McConnell. “There will be new funds granted to prevention programs and law enforcement efforts in vulnerable communities everywhere in our country.”
Trump said that the nation’s opioid epidemic a “public health emergency” in October.
“As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue” Trump said during a speech at the White house on Oct. 26, 2017. “It is free at the time to which our communities of the scourge. … We can be the generation that ends of the opioid epidemic.”
It increases funding for infrastructure projects
Democrats are especially happy about this part of the deal.
Schumer spoke of 20 billion dollars in infrastructure, such as highways and bridges, construction and repair, water and wastewater projects and rural broadband.
There are also 4 billion dollars for the construction of veterans hospitals and 4 billion dollars for college aid.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.