Democrat obstructionists in the Senate have failed in their attempt to shut down the federal government again.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the House passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal sending the measure to President Trump for his signature.
Leaders in the Senate had hoped the bipartisan package, which covers the remainder of this fiscal year and next, would end what has been a series of stopgap measures and shutdown threats, including the three-day disruption in January. In that shutdown, Senate Democrats objected to the lack of legislation to protect immigrant “Dreamers” from deportation.
The deal reached this week was intended to draw support from all sides. It boosts both defense and non-defense accounts and unleashes new funding for the opioid crisis, infrastructure investments in roads, bridges and broadband and multi-year funds for community health centers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The package also includes $90 billion in disaster aid for coastal and Western states and Puerto Rico after a damaging hurricane and wildfire season. It lifts the nation’s debt limit to avoid defaulting and allow more borrowing into 2019.