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Is the Budget Deal a Good One?
Feb 8, 2018 at 01:35 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • On Wednesday afternoon, Senate leaders struck an ambitious two-year budget deal in an attempt to avoid another government shutdown, which would begin at midnight on Thursday.
  • The budget deal, which includes increased military spending as well as funding for disaster relief, children’s health care, and combating the opioid addiction, was cited as a victory by both Senate Majority and Minority Leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, who called it “a significant agreement”, and “the first green shoots of bipartisanship”, respectively.
  • The deal has drawn polarized responses from other congressional lawmakers. It does not include any legislation related to DACA, which has been a requisite component for Democrats.
  • The House will be the next step for the budget deal, where it could face significant opposition. At the same time as the plan was unveiled by Senate leaders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in the midst of a record setting eight-hour filibuster-like protest speech on the House floor, demanding legislative action on DACA.
  • Some Republican members of congress have also voiced opposition to the deal, stating it betrays the GOP’s fiscally conservative values.

Food For Thought

Will Congress pass the budget deal in time to prevent another government shutdown? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the deal?

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