Deal for monster US budget put on the edge
9 February, 2018
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the US Senate, in a rare display of bipartisanship, last Wednesday reached a two-year budget deal to raise federal spending by almost $300bn, news wires reported. The bill boosts military and non-defence spending by $300bn, as well as adds more than $80bn in disaster relief. About $160bn would go to the Pentagon and about $128bn to non-defence programmes. The agreement also includes aid to respond to recent natural disasters. The higher defence spending should allow President Donald Trump to make good on a campaign promise for a US military build-up.
The agreement came on the eve of a deadline fixed on Thursday midnight to avert new government shutdown. The Senate passed the budget bill on Friday and sent the legislation to the House. Democrats in the House of Representatives warned that they will not back the deal unless Republican Speaker Paul Ryan promises to advance separate legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of young adult immigrants, known as “Dreamers”, brought to the US illegally as children.