Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

'A shutdown paralyzes everything we do': US Defense Secretary Mattis

'A shutdown paralyzes everything we do': US Defense Secretary Mattis

GOP leaders announced they would seek to pass the stopgap spending bill by marrying it with a full-year, $659 billion Pentagon spending bill that's a top priority of the party's legion of defense hawks.

Senate leaders announced a budget deal Wednesday to increase federal spending by about $400 billion over two years - a proposal that's nearly sure to face significant resistance in the House.

The shutdown gradually ended after Trump signed a bill to end the shutdown after striking a deal with Democrats to hold a debate on the future of over 700,000 young undocumented immigrants, including thousands of Indians.

The rest would go to funds within the Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other agencies to help fix damages.

Trump's comments came at a White House round table with law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Congress has relied on short term spending bills, or continuing resolutions, to fund the federal government this past fiscal year, but the deal would put an end to that through fiscal year 2019.

"Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", she said.

The agreement was announced by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate and backed by House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, but House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out against it in a marathon speech on the House floor.

"I don't know when we would have another opportunity that matches today" to lock Ryan into a commitment, Pelosi said.

This week's chaos on the markets is not the only issue weighing on the United States economy.

But Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor, said any increase in defense spending should be accompanied by an equal increase domestic spending. However, Pelosi in a statement did not signal how much of her caucus would vote against the deal.

"The Caucus at large is opposed", the source told Business Insider.

Democrats have thus far not been willing to take Trump up on the deal.

As part of the deal, areas hit by natural disasters in 2017 - like Texas and Florida - would receive additional relief funding. But that bill was thought to be largely dead on arrival since the Senate would negotiate its own deal, which the House would eventually accept.

It's the same debate that's been raging since the fiscal year began on October 1 - and the reason Congress has continued to pass continuing resolutions instead of appropriating money for the entire year. "After months of fiscal brinkmanship, this budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship".

FreedomWorks, another conservative action group, called the deal a "fiscal abomination". While this shutdown only lasted for just under 72 hours, it highlighted the wide divide between both parties in Congress.

While the exact path to a spending deal is still uncertain, members on both sides of the aisle made it clear Tuesday that nobody wants another government shutdown.

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