House Democrats face tough choice over budget deal and immigration

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2018

If passed, the bill would prevent a government shutdown that's scheduled for Thursday at midnight if Congress isn't able to pass a funding deal in time.

During the White House press briefing Wednesday afternoon, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration is encouraged by the talks in the Senate and will wait to respond to the bill's final components.

A bipartisan budget deal that would fund several healthcare programs has support from Senate leadership, but House Democrats looking to secure a vote on immigration reform are poised to withhold votes for the funding package.

On Capital Hill as the deal was being made protesters were making the same demands.

"They're cutting a deal, they're having discussions with Democrats to support the budget effort, so they know that they're going to lose 60 to 70 Republican votes", Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told USA TODAY Thursday. "When you put it all together, a quarter-of-a-trillion-dollar increase in discretionary spending - not what we're supposed to be doing".

"We have so many testimonies, real testimony in the words of the dreamers, as I said, the most eloquent of all", Pelosi said. Pelosi believes that a budget deal must include legislation for the program in order for Democrats to vote yes.

"What it accomplished was to say, 'We have our beliefs and we're willing to fight for them and we're willing to fight for them on floor of the House, '" she said. Because maybe we just don't have the courage to do what we need to do.

At this point, Ryan has not signaled he is considering giving that to House Democrats.

Senate leaders unveiled the bipartisan agreement that would raise the spending caps on defense and domestic spending by $300 billion over the next two years. The ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus formally took the position to vote against the plan, though a couple of members are expected to break off and vote for the deal.

When asked by a reporter if she would vote for the bill, she said no.

"In high school, I fell in love with computers and the internet, spending my senior year creating an online newspaper for my school", Pelosi read, as Matsui's head drifted off to her left shoulder. In truth, though, most of Ryan's caucus aren't hardline budget and deficit hawks, and even some who are have, er, grown since their election. Fiscal responsibility isn't cool any longer, it seems, and apparently it never was in Washington at all despite all protestations to the contrary from elected officials on both sides of the aisle. Despite having the budget caps in place for more than six years, Congress has not reconsidered the scope of America's military mission and its expense, nor the limits of federal beneficence and the emergency mindset of domestic programs long after the end of the Great Recession.

Unlike in the Senate, where there is a tradition of unlimited debate, speeches in the House are normally limited to a certain number of minutes.

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