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After Shutdown, Trump Pushes for more Republicans in Congress

11 February 2018

Indexes bounced back from the February 8 big losses, but stocks remain on track for their worst week in more than a year as interest-rate fears haunt investors.

"Our Military will now be stronger than ever before", Trump tweeted Friday morning.

In this image from video from Senate Television, Sen.

"Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond", he "This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes".

"If you were against President Obama's deficits and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he said, adding later, "Are we to be conservative all the time or only when we're in the minority?"

While the spending bill's funding for the Pentagon has delighted the national security wing of the party, fiscal conservatives are up in arms about ramifications for the nation's debt. Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus called the deal "fiscally irresponsible". No, and average Americans should be on high alert for what comes next.

The bill is opposed by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi because Republican House leaders will not guarantee her that they will allow a debate later on about taking steps to protect about 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

Whatever happens, this week's budget battle dealt a clear immigration defeat to Democrats, who'd initially vowed to block spending bills until there was a deal to help the Dreamers.

"That's not a commitment", Pelosi said on the House floor.

Corker voted for the recent Republican tax cut after raising similar concerns in the weeks leading up to the vote. He said that if the legislation passed, "all the leverage is gone" to force a solution for the young immigrants.

"This bill is the product of extensive negotiations", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Wednesday.

For all its flaws, the $400 billion budget deal passed in the dark of night was needed to prevent the turmoil and pain that accompany government shutdowns.

With the immigration fight looming, Congress voted overnight to finance the government through March 23, giving budget-writers time to craft detailed legislation funding agencies through the rest of this fiscal year.

It's filled with long-stalled or long-sought priorities for both sides.

The Senate-crafted bill, backed by Trump, although he played little role in its drafting, would end for many months, at least beyond November's midterm congressional elections, the fiscal policy squabbling that has consumed Congress for months. The agreement also adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions.

After Shutdown, Trump Pushes for more Republicans in Congress