Budget talks progress, as Senate Dems drop Dreamer demand

Senate Democrats have given their consent in dropping their demand that relief for Dreamers be tied to any long-term budget agreement which is actually a potential boost for the spending talks, but it is the one that could face opposition from their House counterparts. The change in the response comes to the deal struck between the Senate leaders. The government will be reopening on Monday and start off with the debate on an immigration bill next month. On the other hand, budget negotiators are expressing optimism that an agreement of two years to lift stiff caps on defense and domestic spending is increasingly within reach.

On Tuesday, the Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin stated that they are viewing immigration and spending on completely separate terms because of the fact that they are on completely differently paths. Durbin added that the procedural concession by the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell means that they have got a deadline and a process as well. He also said that this is an extremely significant step forward according to him and it is not all what he wanted but it is definite that it is a step forward. But on the other hand, House Democrats have given a signal that they are not ready to go along with a long-term budget deal without a permanent fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the President of the United States Donald Trump is ending. One of the senior House Democrats mentioned that they are insisting that these things be in the same negotiation and he also said that to them the most important things are whether these talks linked or not linked but to them they are linked.

The division among Democrats is actually complicating the negotiations, as lawmakers in both of the parties face severe pressure and moreover there is a time crunch which is just two weeks for showing progress on government funding, immigration and a lot of other issues which have resulted in the government operating on stopgap spending bills since the month of September. Both parties are actually very eager for having a long-term budget agreement. On the other hand, the GOP defense hawks are extremely furious about the uncertainty for the Pentagon and liberal Democrats are concerned about deep cuts to domestic programs. But any legislation for boosting up spending by more than about 250 billion dollars over two years would likely require a wider bipartisan backing in both of the chambers, as House conservatives have already hinted that they are not willing to accept the idea.

August 21, 2018 - 07:51
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