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11 Febrero 2018, 11:04 | Dolorita Barahona
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"After months of fiscal brinkmanship, this budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship".
Washington, Feb.9 (AP): The House has narrowly passed a sweeping bipartisan budget accord, ending an hours long government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs.
That bill would then bounce to the Senate, where it probably has no chance of passing since Democrats there want any increase in the defense budget to be matched with an equal boost to non-defense spending.
The deal would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, four more than the extension Congress just enacted.
While the legislation sets out broad budget numbers for the next two fiscal years, lawmakers face yet another deadline on March 23 - giving congressional appropriators time to write a detailed bill doling out funding to government agencies.
The deal gives appropriations committees in both houses of Congress time to craft a detailed spending plan that will fund the government through September of 2019.
Pelosi also sent a "dear colleague" a letter sayingRepublicans will need Democratic votes to pass the deal in the House and urging her caucus to "be heard", though not necessarily block its passage.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a defense hawk, said it was the "best news for the military. since 2011".
RepublicanSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow the vote and Paul would not back down.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. left and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. confer as they arrive to meet with reporters following a
McConnell said the bill had required "extensive negotiation", and while "no one would suggest its flawless, . we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people".
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wasn't buying it.
Initial White House reaction to the deal was optimistic but noncommittal.
The Senate has passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government.
"Senator Schumer and I had a good meeting this morning about a caps deal and the other deals we've been discussing for some months now", McConnell said after the Senate caucus lunches.
On the House Democratic side, members were displeased with the lack of progress on a deal to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program. "I don't think the government will shut down". Pelosi said she would oppose the accord unless Ryan promises to advance legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of young adult immigrants, known as "Dreamers", brought to the United States illegally as children.
McConnell was able to end the shutdown in January by promising SenateDemocrats he will bring an immigration bill to the Senate floor before the end of February.
"It's not like Republicans aren't concerned about disaster relief, or Republicans aren't concerned about funding community health centers or dealing with the opioid crisis", US Representative Warren Davidson, a Republican, said in an interview with National Public Radio.
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