Congressional lawmakers have reportedly reached a last-minute deal to avert a full-fledged government shutdown Wednesday, boosting domestic spending and slashing “budget caps” on the military budget for at least two years.
The arrangement was struck in the US Senate, amending a House resolution that was passed earlier this week. If passed, the bill goes back to the lower chamber for approval.
“A plan to lift the debt limit, which requires action in the coming weeks, and whether to extend expiring tax provisions were among the few outstanding issues, according to aides in both parties familiar with the talks,” writes Politico. “The debt limit would likely be extended through the midterm election under one framework of the deal that has been discussed.”
“I’m optimistic that very soon we’ll be able to reach an agreement,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The ongoing negotiations hit a major impasse Wednesday, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying she needed a “firm commitment” from Speaker Paul Ryan on an up-or-down vote on DACA.
Read the full story at Politico.
HELL FREEZES OVER: Trump Thanks ‘CRAZY’ Jim Acosta Over ‘Schumer Shutdown’
President Trump stunned the mainstream media and political pundits Tuesday morning, thanking CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta for admitting that the Democrats were to blame for the three-day long ‘Schumer Shutdown.’
The President praised Acosta on social media, saying “even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees” that President Trump and GOP Congressional leaders defeated the Democratic filibuster and re-opened the federal government.
“Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: ‘Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.’ Thank you for your honesty Jim!” tweeted the President.
Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: “Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.” Thank you for your honesty Jim!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
The thawing of relations between the President and Acosta likely won’t last. Just last week President Trump tossed the CNN correspondent from a press briefing; pointing at the door and telling Acosta to “get out.”
LATE NIGHT LECTURE: Kimmel TRASHES TRUMP Over Shutdown, Healthcare
Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel unloaded on President Trump and leading Republicans over the looming government shutdown on Thursday night, slamming the GOP for using “children’s healthcare” as a “bargaining tool.”
“We’re on the brink of a government shutdown right now, and Congress is trying to hammer out some kind of agreement to keep the country open,” said the left-wing comic. “Republicans have been trying all week to blame Democrats for a possible shutdown… even though Republicans are in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House.”
“The Republicans have done something that I think is bad: They’ve lumped CHIP into their spending bill. CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers about 9 million low income kids and has yet to be reauthorized. It’s been 100 days since it expired. It’s very scary for parents. The funding for CHIP should have never been allowed to run out in the first place,” he added.
“I think Donald Trump actually wants a government shutdown,” Kimmel told the audience. “I think he think it would be like a snow day for him to take off.”
Watch the late-night comedian’s lecture above.