Senate leaders hope to approve a budget deal Thursday to keep the government operating past midnight amid opposition from Democratic liberals and tea-party Republicans. The agreement would shower the military and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years.
The measure was a win for Republican allies of the Pentagon and for Democrats seeking more for infrastructure projects and combating opioid abuse.
But it represented a bitter defeat for many hardcore liberal Democrats who sought to use the party’s leverage on the budget to resolve the plight of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” who face deportation. And even some tea party Republicans shredded the measure as a budget-buster.
Beyond the $300 billion figure, the agreement adds almost $90 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Senate leaders hope to approve the measure Thursday