Trump pushes for more Republicans in Congress

Trump touts GOP unity but Congress is split ahead of shutdown immigration deadlines

The package would boost USA government spending on national defense and domestic programs by $300 billion over a two-year period, ending years of mandatory budget caps Republicans argued were hollowing out America's military and Democrats said were harming the needy. The caps deal will likely need Democratic support and some Democrats have been emphatic that they don't want to agree to raising budget caps until they have assurances that recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, will be protected.

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

The plan will need to be passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate, both controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, before going to the president to sign.

Mr Paul later tweeted: "Tonight, you could feel the frustration and embarrassment growing in Congress as we exposed the hypocrisy of Republicans who are joining in an unholy alliance and spending free-for-all with Democrats at the expense of the American people and our party's supposed principles".

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who had opposed earlier versions of the bill that cut domestic and disaster relief spending, also claimed victory.

"This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among Congressional leaders and the White House".

House GOP appropriators unveiled the short-term spending bill, known as continuing resolution (CR), that would also fund the military at increased levels through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30.

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Still, Democrats protested that the bill doesn't include a solution for America's so-called "Dreamers" - the illegal immigrants brought here when they were young.

The measure would extend government funding at current levels until March 23 to allow lawmakers to finalize details on the spending in a separate measure.

Also on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to work out a long-term spending measure that would keep the government funded for the next two years.

Conservative Republicans also have a problem with the bill, they see increased spending as fiscally irresponsible.

The bill came as the result of a 2011 standoff over the United States debt ceiling, when Republicans in Congress demanded spending cuts in exchange for giving the Obama administration the needed legal headroom to pay the federal government's obligations to its bondholders.

Senate leaders agreed to a massive two-year budget deal on Wednesday. If we don't straighten out our border, we don't have a country.

"Knowing my members the way I do, I think we're in good shape to be able to pass it with Republican-only votes", Meadows said.


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