Congressional Leaders Reach Bipartisan Two-Year Budget Agreement

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Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan two-year budget agreement on Wednesday—a positive sign that they could prevent another government shutdown.

In his remarks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they reached a compromise that ensure more funding for the U.S. military. The budget agreement also guarantees funding for disaster relief, infrastructure, and the work on combating the opioid epidemic.

The budget agreement will add around $300 billion in federal spending over the next two years. It includes an increase of $131 billion in funding for important programs for middle class families.

It will undo the sequestration cuts that restricted the armed forces and undermine the country’s national security. The budget deal will increase defense spending by 80 billion in 2018 and $85 billion in 2019.

Budget agreement represents a significant step forward

Sen. McConnell said, “This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among Congressional leaders and the White House. No one would suggest it is perfect. But we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people.”

Mitch McConnell

In addition, the Senate Majority Leader emphasized that the budget agreement “represents a significant, bipartisan step forward.” He encouraged his fellow senators to review the legislation and support it.

Furthermore, Sen. McConnell assured his colleagues that he will fulfill his promise regarding immigration. According to him, “Our upcoming debate on DACA, border security, and other issues will be a process that is fair to all sides. The bill I move to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that will ensure a level playing field at the outset.”

A win for American people

On the other hand, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “After months of legislative logjams, this budget deal is a genuine breakthrough. After months of fiscal brinksmanship, this budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship.”

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In a series of tweets, Schumer also stated that the Congress did its job while President Donald Trump threatens shutdowns and stalemates. The deal is a win for the American people.