Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a deal Wednesday afternoon that averts a government shutdown and sets spending limits for two years.
“I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement. I want to thank my friend the Democratic Leader for joining me this afternoon, and for the productive discussions that generated this proposal,” McConnell, standing alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
“This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among Congressional leaders and the White House. No one would suggest it is perfect. But we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people.”
The announcement comes shortly after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday on the House floor that she will vote against any budget caps deal if Speaker of the House Paul Ryan does not commit to bringing an immigration bill to the House floor for a vote. House lawmakers are currently considering a deal that does not include a legislative fix for the 620,000-800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Pelosi is using a similar tactic that Schumer used last month, when he and Senate Democrats shutdown the federal government for three days in order to get a commitment on an immigration vote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
(And we know how well that turned out,eh?)