In late January, the Senate passed a temporary spending bill that funded the federal government until February 8. The deal was that Congress had until February 8 to come up with a DACA deal or Mitch McConnell would open the Senate floor to a debate on an immigration bill.
February 8 is tomorrow and Congress has come up with a 2-year budget deal:
“Congressional leaders clinched a two-year deal to lift strict budget caps on defense and domestic spending, putting an end to a series of short-term spending bills and shutdown fights that have defined Washington the past few months.
The deal is expected to increase defense and domestic spending by roughly $300 billion over two years, according to administration and congressional sources, as well as lift the debt ceiling and include tens of billions in disaster aid. …
The agreement increases defense spending this year by $80 billion and domestic spending by $63 billion beyond strict budget caps, according to a summary of the deal obtained by POLITICO. Next year defense spending will increase by $85 billion and domestic funding will be boosted by $68 billion beyond the caps. The deal also includes $140 billion for defense and $20 billion for domestic in emergency spending over two years.”
No more government shutdown theater until the 2020 election cycle.
The budget deal raises the debt ceiling, dramatically raises defense and domestic spending and blows through the spending caps of the sequester that was passed in the Obama years. Yeah, so much for the “fiscal hawks” now that the Republicans control the White House and Congress.
What comes next? McConnell has promised to hold an open-ended immigration debate on the Senate floor next week. Strap on your seatbelts. The Senate is going to vote on any number of stomach churning proposals which will only matter if Trump approves of the final product and gives Paul Ryan the political cover to push it on the House.
– $131 billion increase in domestic spending (to match increase in defense spending)
– $20 billion in infrastructure spending
– $6 billion in opioid treatment funding
– $5.8 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant
– $4 billion for the VA
– $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health
– Children’s Health Insurance Program extended for another four years