The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive measure Sept. 7 that includes $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid, a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, and an increase in the debt ceiling that also would need to be raised by the end of the year. The U.S. House passed the bill one day later, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that same day. Congress must once again raise the debt ceiling and pass a budget for FY2018 by December.
Trump dined with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Wednesday, to discuss a deal that would protect young undocumented immigrants currently allowed to stay in the country by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Although the Democratic leaders said that a deal was struck to protect DACA recipients for increased border security with no money going into building a border wall, one of Trump’s major campaign promises, the White House and Trump himself sent mixed signals as to the exact details of the agreement. Many in the GOP were unhappy to be left out of the conversation, especially after Trump struck a separate deal with the Democrats on Harvey aid, a continuing resolution, and the debt ceiling (noted above).
‘Burned’ Trump finds comfort with Democrats (Politico)
The U.S. House approved its final budget for FY18 this week, including all 12 spending bills. While the budget includes an increase for the National Institutes of Health and other science-funding agencies, the package may not pass the Senate. Because the bills include $1.6 billion to fund a border wall, Senate Democrats likely will consider this a nonstarter. The U.S. Senate appropriations committee also voted for a $2 billion increase in the NIH in its bill.