US Senate leaders reach budget deal on eve of shutdown deadline

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But the fate of the overall budget deal remained uncertain Wednesday, with House conservatives expressing concerns about the increased deficit spending and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying the agreement does nothing to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the children.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would oppose the deal because it does not include protections for the Dreamers, young undocumented migrants brought to the USA as children. Ryan has said he will observe the so-called "Hastert Rule" of not calling any legislation that does not have the support of a majority of Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the two-year budget agreement, which will provide almost US$300 billion more for defence and non-defence spending, ending a months-long impasse on spending priorities.

More funding for disaster relief: The plan includes $90 billion more to be spent on disaster aid for recent hurricanes and wildfires, which have spurred calls from some lawmakers for a more robust federal response.

Sanders says it will move the White House away from "crisis to crisis budgeting". "I feel good", Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said in an interview Thursday on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, ahead of the vote on the bill in the Senate and the House.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2018.

"If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety, and unrelated but still related, they don't want to take care of our military, then shut it down".

The sticking point has been that Republicans want higher military spending and Democrats oppose that unless there is additional money for domestic accounts.

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Schumer said the deal would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, four more than the extension Congress just enacted.

Democrats blocked a stopgap spending bill in January, triggering a three-day partial federal government shutdown, in part to protest Congress' inaction on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration program set to expire March 5. Ryan could potentially have to rely on half of the House Democrats voting for the plan in order for it to pass.

The plan includes $20 billion for infrastructure over two years, including roads and drinking water, he said.

"Work on immigration is one thing, we've been working on immigration for a long time", Curbelo said.

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.

"Left-wing USA news outlet ThinkProgress said Senate Democrats had pried a "$131bn increase for non-defense programmes" out of their Republican counterparts "in exchange for leaving out a key programme protecting about 800,000 undocumented immigrants".

"This legislation provides more time to reach a long-term deal on spending levels, while immediately providing our military with the resources they need, especially at this hard time", said Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Rules Committee, which sets the parameters for debate.