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Trump threatens shutdown over immigration overhauls

09 February 2018, 05:21 | Damon Campbell

Trump threatens shutdown over immigration overhauls

Trump threatens shutdown over immigration overhauls

"Its enactment would allow the Appropriations committees to work in a thoughtful manner over the next several weeks to reach consensus on important bipartisan priorities like funding our national defense, the opioid epidemic, veterans' health care, and infrastructure", he said.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took the unusual step of holding the House floor for more than two hours to talk about her opposition to a deal, announcing that she can not support the spending deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to an open immigration debate, with the opportunity for members to offer amendments.

Speaker Ryan did not do much to assuage Pelosi, saying through a spokesperson that he "has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill - one that the president supports".

"If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety ... then shut it down", Mr. Trump said.

Across the Capitol, leaders in both parties said they were nearing a broader deal to lift the strict spending caps that have contributed to the stopgap nature of government funding bills in recent months. It funds the government for six weeks and raises federal budget caps for two years, with the increase divided nearly equally between defense spending ($165 billion) and domestic spending ($131 billion).

He added that the accord includes a sizable disaster relief package that will help Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas recover from Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey past year.

"This budget deal is a genuine breakthrough", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), adding that it consigns the "arbitrary. sequester caps to the ash heap of history".

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Ryan has said he will only put a bill on the floor if he knows it has the president's and the House majority's support.

"I'm confident that no senator on either side of the aisle believes this is a ideal bill", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said.

The bill removes automatic spending cuts - known as sequestration caps - for both defense and nondefense programs.

Schumer said the deal would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, four more than the extension Congress just enacted. That means as many as 100 Democratic votes may be needed to get it through the House.

The House passed a stop-gap measure Tuesday evening that would keep the government funded through March 23, fully fund the Pentagon for a year and provide two years of funding for community health centers.

News of the agreement comes ahead of the potential government shutdown at the end of Thursday. Democrats and Republicans have been wrangling over the numbers for months, with many GOP lawmakers underscoring the importance of upping military spending and many Democrats pressing for those increases to be matched with more federal dollars on the domestic side.

Democrats have been seeking to link the federal funding debate to a permanent solution for hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. "We are certainly happy with the direction that it's moving, particularly that we're moving away from the crisis budgeting that we have been on in the past", she said.

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