US Senate to pass bill to avert another shutdown

    US Senate to pass bill to avert another shutdown

    Feb 8, Washington DC: The United States Senate will pass a deal to prevent another government shutdown, but this bill is expected to face opposition in the lower chamber.

    According to reports, senate leaders from both major parties announced a two-year budget deal a day before federal funding runs out.

    Although the bill has angered the Republicans the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says, he believes it will pass."I think we will," Mr Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt. "This is a bipartisan bill. It's going to need bipartisan support. We are going to deliver our share of support."

    Congress has to reach a deal before government funding runs out at midnight on Thursday, when a one-month spending bill is set to expire.

    Congressman Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has called the plan "eye-popping and eyebrow-raising".

    "We took an official position last night to say we can't support this," he told CNN on Thursday.

    Failure to reach a spending agreement led to a three-day government shutdown last month.

    What's in the bill?
    White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said the package would increase spending by "just shy" of $300bn (£216bn).

    The Washington Post puts the figure at half a trillion dollars.

    The Senate bill, which has not yet been publicly unveiled, reportedly increases defence spending by $80bn in the first fiscal year and $85bn in the second.

    Non-defence spending, such as a programme to provide health insurance for children, would reportedly increase by $63bn this year, and $68bn next year.

    Why are some Democrats unhappy?
    Mr Schumer argued the budget accord would "break the long cycle of spending crises".

    But a number of his fellow Democrats are upset that the bill does not address immigration.

    Media captionTop Democratic Nancy Pelosi breaks record in eight-hour speech
    His House of Representatives equivalent, Nancy Pelosi, told the stories of immigrants in a speech lasting eight hours on Wednesday - setting what is thought to be a new record for the longest speech ever made in the House of Representatives.

    The 77-year-old vowed to oppose any budget that does not include protections for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who entered the US illegally as children.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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