Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Shutdown" Avoided

US Congress leaders have reached a bipartisan deal on around $1 trillion in federal funding to avert a government shutdown on Friday this week.

The proposed pact, reached by Republican and Democratic late on Sunday, will fund public spending until September. It will be put to a vote in the following days, both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.

The deal reportedly increases defence spending by $25bn and $1.5bn for border security. This money is not to be spent on the so-called deportation force and there are no cuts to federal funding for sanctuary cities.


One of the biggest campaign promises - the construction of a border wall to Mexico - had to be put off yet again, because the budget deal does not include any funding for it.


The Democrats were also able to force other issues during the negotiations. The city of New York was given $68m to cover the expense of protecting the president and his family during their stay at Trump Tower.

Good for New York. But bad for the rest of the country. If Melania and Barron don't want to move to the White House, the Trump family should be paying that bill.
Republicans were not able to push through cuts to Obamacare subsidies or to the Planned Parenthood Programme.
Tired of all this winning yet, Trump supporters?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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