>> Congress is set to vote Thursday on a massive government spending deal that could end Washington's budget dysfunction, as the clock ticks towards a possible government shutdown.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where lawmakers in the Senate are lining up behind an agreement that could put an end to the shutdowns, standoffs, and delays that have dominated the agenda for the past several months.
The agreement would provide much needed certainty for funding for the military, health care, and other core government functions. But lawmakers need to act fast. Temporary government funding runs out at midnight on Thursday. And if they don't pass something before then, we could be staring at the second government shutdown in less than a month.
>> Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to vote on the bill later on Thursday. The deal was worked out by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and top Democrat Chuck Schumer.>> Our armed forces will have more of the resources they need.>> It would boost military and domestic spending by roughly $300 billion over the next two years.
That would allow the Pentagon to rebuild after more than 16 years of war, and provide more money to tackle opioid abuse, infrastructure, and other domestic issues. The plan wold also provide billions of dollars in disaster aid. In a move that could reassure jittery financial markets, the deal would also raise the debt ceiling for another year, ensuring that the government won't run out of money to pay its bills.
>> This is a bipartisan bill, you get some things you like, you give the other side things they like. That's what bipartisan compromise is all about, and I think on the net, this is a very good solution.>> President Donald Trump stayed on the sidelines as the deal took shape, but he urged lawmakers to support it, saying on Twitter that it is quote, so important for our great military.
The deal does not tackle immigration, which played a major role in last month’s government shutdown. That could be a problem for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who kept up her criticism of the bill one day after holding the House floor for eight hours, making the case for young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers.
Pelosi said she won't back the Senate deal without a guarantee that the House would take up immigration soon.>> Why can't we have a vote in the House of Representatives?>> House speaker Paul Ryan says he won't act on immigration unless he has the support of the White House, which means that many of Pelosi's Democrats could end up voting no on today's budget deal.
Ryan also could lose support from fiscal conservatives on his right flank, so it's not clear at this point whether the deal has enough support to clear Congress. But if lawmakers do get this done, it would resolve at least one of the many thorny issues they confront this year.