"Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets, and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!"
"Citing the defense cap increase, McConnell had framed the deal as a departure from the years of "neglect and atrophy" for the military under the Obama administration", offering that, "Congress has worked hand-in-hand with the Trump Administration to begin writing a new chapter". 'Go for it Republicans, there is always plenty of time to CUT!'
Republican leaders including Trump himself had been working to round up GOP support ahead of Thursday's vote, trying to avoid a repeat of the outcome in the House last week, when a majority of Republican lawmakers ignored Trump's pleas and voted against the deal.
The budget deal exposes the utter fakery of the Democratic presidential debates, in which right-wing candidates posture as friends of working people and opponents of Trump, while in their day jobs as senators, members of the House, governors and mayors, they empower the Trump White House and collaborate with its vicious attacks on the working class.
The vote, expected Thursday, is a politically tough one for many Republicans. Five Democrats also voted against it.
Meanwhile, the statutory limit on Treasury Department borrowing would be suspended until at least July 31, 2021, erasing the possibility of a default on debt through the November 2020 US election.
It was a "hold your nose and vote" kind of move for many Republicans, with even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell repeatedly labeling the budget deal the "Trump Administration-Speaker Pelosi" agreement in recent weeks, an attempt to put an arm's length from the proposal which required - and received - GOP leadership backing.
"Given the exigencies of divided government, we knew that any bipartisan agreement on funding levels would not appear ideal to either side".
Passage of top-line spending levels was key to boosting September chances to enact a fiscal year 2020 USDA spending bill, weighed down by policy riders in a $24 billion House-passed version.
It does nothing to stem the government's spiraling debt and the return of $1 trillion-plus deficits but it also takes away the prospect of a government shutdown in October or the threat of deep automatic spending cuts. The agreement raises the debt ceiling for two years and increases Pentagon spending by $22 billion to $738 billion for the next fiscal year. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. "I can not in good conscience support legislation that funds the government at the expense of adding to our national debt".
In simple terms, Congress will have just decided how much their household budget will be for the next two years, they still have to decide how much of that money goes to groceries, vacations and kids' back to school supplies. If the debt ceiling is not lifted, the government could fall behind on some of its payments, which could spark another financial crisis.
The increase in spending will be partially offset by $77 billion in cuts.
The vote is a hard one for conservatives in the Senate, but Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper have all made their wishes known and they've been making calls, but this is a hard vote if you campaigned on slashing spending.
Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado up for reelection next year, said Wednesday he is concerned "it's just a lot of money and at some point, things become so free, we can't afford it".
Many of those opposing it in the Senate are lawmakers who have railed against the US constantly increasing debt and deficit for years.
And in a nod to the biggest GOP critique of the plan - that it doesn't do enough to limit spending - Trump said there would be an opportunity to do so later. "That's not what we're getting, to say the least".