Sound Off: Who Wants Another Government Shutdown?

Christopher Penler

Senate leaders said earlier on Tuesday that they were close to a two-year budget deal.

Defense spending would increase by $80 billion this year, and $85 billion in the federal fiscal year that begins October 1. Stopgaps are used when Congress fails to approve a full budget on time by a date.

Senate GOP and Democratic aides say expect the chamber to take up the House bill, strip the defense funding because Democrats won't accept it on the measure, potentially add some disaster relief money and possibly a few other smaller provisions where there is bipartisan agreement, then send it back to the House. The Democrats were supposed to head to a retreat in Maryland but made a decision to cancel in order to work out a deal.

House Republicans said the bill provides certainty to US military planners who were frustrated during last month's three-day partial government shutdown.

The No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said McConnell had yet to start negotiating with Democratic leadership about what a bill will look like - a step that may be necessary to get Democrats' agreement to even open debate on whatever the underlying bill is.

This sweeping agreement does not, however, address immigration, sidestepping the issue that led to a government shutdown last month.

"I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't see this stuff taken care of", Trump said at a White House event Tuesday.

The House GOP released a plan to avoid a shutdown on Monday, which includes funding for the military for the rest of the fiscal year and an extension of critical Medicare programs. The caps deal would mean Congress can finally work on a larger omnibus bill to fund the government. McConnell has said he will allow the Senate to debate an immigration bill on its own after Friday if the government remains open.

NY senator, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said Trump's comment speaks for itself.

McConnell said the deal promises almost $300 billion increases for defense spending and domestic programs, more than $80 billion in disaster relief and suspends the debt ceiling for over a year.

With the bill failing to pass, McConnell could amend the House resolution with any deal he and Schumer work out. "We'll go with another shutdown". "If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety. let's shut it down".

Congress is supposed to pass annual spending bills before the start of the fiscal year on October 1, but it rarely meets that deadline, forcing the government to work within the previous year's spending plan.

The House has passed the fifth stopgap bill for the federal fiscal year.

Congress faces another deadline on a separate front. The government could end up having trouble paying its bills if Congress cannot raise the debt ceiling.

Senate leaders are expected to strip out the military portion and attempt to pass a broader budget deal that Republicans and Democrats have been negotiating for months. President Donald Trump recently revoked the program sparking widespread arguments between Congressional Democrats and Republicans, raising the issue of morality versus security.

Trump a year ago ordered those protections removed by March 5, although a federal court has blocked his administration from ending the program.

Besides protecting Dreamers from deportation, the McCain-Coons plan would boost security on the Mexican border.

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