Major Senate Budget Deal

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A bipartisan measure to avoid the impending USA government shutdown was announced on Wednesday - but questions remain about whether it will pass.

But Sen. Rand Paul is holding up a vote on the Senate budget deal, accusing Republicans and Democrats of "spending us into oblivion".

Democrats did manage to get $6 billion in funding to deal with the opioid crisis and drug addiction, one of their key demands, and the package includes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure fix and improvement. The plan also contains nearly $90 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

A bipartisan budget deal that would fund several healthcare programs has support from Senate leadership, but House Democrats looking to secure a vote on immigration reform are poised to withhold votes for the funding package.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took the unusual step of holding the House floor for more than two hours to talk about her opposition to a deal, announcing that she can not support the spending deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to an open immigration debate, with the opportunity for members to offer amendments. "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support".

"If the Senate comes back with something that we feel like is best for the American people, then yeah, we're not opposed to it", Rep. Mark Walker, chair fo the Republican Study Committee told Business Insider.

"That would be a complete betrayal", he told reporters, adding that "a lot" of Democrats would feel the same.

If all, or at least most, Democrats follow Pelosi to vote against the budget deal, and are joined by the 36-member Freedom Caucus, the measure could fail in a floor vote.

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The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a spending bill that would keep the government open past Thursday and provide a full-year boost to defense funding, as lawmakers tried to speed toward a massive budget deal before the end of the week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the measure would rewrite existing defense limits that have "hamstrung our armed forces and jeopardized our national security".

The agreement also includes disaster relief for areas still coping with hurricane and wildfire cleanup efforts and additional funding for opioid treatment, each a priority for Democrats.

One complication is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who was part of the negotiations on the agreement.

Although Schumer and the White House are optimistic toward bipartisanship, many Republican and Democratic lawmakers warn about the precedent the budget sets.

The House passed a stop-gap measure Tuesday evening that would keep the government funded through March 23, fully fund the Pentagon for a year and provide two years of funding for community health centers.

Does not address "dreamers": While many Democrats had pushed for protections for young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, the deal does not address those "dreamers".

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