Posted by Brandon Jarvis
The leaders of the Senate came to 2-year budget plan agreement by increasing federal spending by billions. The bill would allow for more money for defense spending to please the Republicans, while supplying more money for domestic spending to satisfy the Democrats.
According to outlines of the budget deal shared by congressional aides, existing spending caps written into law would be lifted by a combined $315 billion through 2019. About $90 billion more would be spent on disaster aid for victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires.
“This budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship, and it should break the long cycle of spending crises that have snarled this Congress and hampered our middle class,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“This bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “I hope we can build on this bipartisan momentum and make 2018 a year of significant achievement for Congress, for our constituents and for the country we all love.”
With a vote that could possibly happen as soon as this afternoon in the Senate, the House is looking to be a more daunting task. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D) stated that without a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) – similar to the one by Mitch McConnell in the Senate – she will not support the budget package.
“Without that commitment from Speaker Ryan, comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi met with members of her party this morning before making this proclamation. The House will likely need Democratic votes due to the deficit hawks on the right being unhappy with increased spending.
This could be a glowing example of bipartisanship in a time where Republicans and Democrats are dug in behind party lines on almost every front. The Senate, which has proven to be the more difficult chamber on passing legislation for Republicans, appears to be ready to work together and move forward. Now it’s on the House.