Senate announces two-year budget deal but House could stall over Dreamers

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But the push to pass the massive legislation underscored enduring divisions within both parties, and those rifts are likely to make the next fight over immigration even more challenging.

Passage left nerves frayed and Democrats with little leverage to force congressional action on their most high-profile priority: preventing deportation of hundreds of thousands of the young immigrants who arrived in the U.S.as children and remain here without permanent legal protection. Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote.

Chairman of the Freedom Caucus, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss the latest on a potential government shutdown.

Paul's call clearly angered Republican leaders - Sen. He says non-military spending "will never come down" without electing more Republicans in the 2018 elections.

The bipartisan package would also include additional funding for disaster relief assistance, new infrastructure spending, new programs to deal with the opioid crisis and bigger budgets for departments and agencies across the government.

Making matters worse was the likelihood that no budget bill at this point would include immigration reform, which has all but dropped out of the budget negotiations.

The Senate is expected to approve the budget with a vote around 1 a.m., although the situation in the House remains dicey.

The newspaper praised Senate leaders for talking to each other and dealing in good faith.

When it became apparent that no budget bill could pass the Senate without Democratic support, nor for that matter clear the House, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky entered into an unholy alliance with Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY that has Republican budget hawks screaming bloody murder.

"But they are what used to be considered the easy part", the newspaper said.

Trump wasn't helping matters on the budget front, either, when he said on Tuesday, "I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this (immigration) stuff taken care of". The Democrats also want to make the immigrants eligible for citizenship or permanent residence.

House Democratic leaders opposed the measure - arguing it should resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the US illegally as children - but not with all their might.

Trump tweets, "Just signed Bill". This is a deal where we have a few democrats in the Senate dictate what this President and this Congress does. The setback left party members divided. No. 3 House GOP leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana says Republicans still disagree about "how to handle this number of people that Barack Obama encouraged to come in here illegally". That extension is on top of the six years of CHIP funding Congress approved in late January.