Congress expected to vote on budget to avert government shutdown

Congress expected to vote on budget to avert government shutdown

Congress expected to vote on budget to avert government shutdown

"If you're against president [Barack] Obama's deficits, but you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he asked, adding that he wanted his fellow legislators "to feel uncomfortable" over the impasse. "I can't in all honesty look the other way".

One day before a threatened USA government shutdown, Senate leaders on Wednesday struck a bipartisan deal that would keep the federal government funded for two years but left contentious immigration topics unaddressed.

The Senate plans to strip out the current text of the House bill and insert its own budget agreement.

Senate leaders have reached a two-year budget deal which will remove some restrictions on domestic and defense spending, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, announced today.

People in both chambers prattled on to TV news political pundits about support for the far-reaching budget deal Paul was holding hostage on the Senate floor.

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The deal also provides nearly $90bn for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, which have been hard-hit by hurricanes in the a year ago.

A number of lawmakers who supported the bill acknowledged the deal was not flawless.

A bipartisan measure to avoid the impending U.S. government shutdown was announced on Wednesday - but questions remain about whether it will pass.

Congress has until midnight to pass some sort of a budget deal or risk a second government shutdown this year.

If passed, the bill would then head to the House of Representatives.

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Congress has managed to pass its spending Bills on time in only four of the past 40 years, said researchers.

"Nobody wants a shutdown", Pelosi told the House moments before the vote.

Senate leaders from both parties on Wednesday agreed to a massive two-year budget deal.

If that fails, the USA government would suffer its second shutdown this year, after a partisan standoff over US immigration policy led to a three-day partial shutdown last month.

Democrats in the House, who are smarting over the fact that the deal doesn't include protections for Dreamers, must wage that fight another day, in advance of the March 5 deadline for DACA expiration. 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.

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The agreement, though, does not tackle immigration - at a time when Congress is debating how to address those affected by the looming expiration of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. She has been speaking on the House floor for hours, since about 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, to demand a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on bringing immigration legislation to the House floor.

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