McConnell Unveils Deal To Avert Another Shutdown

The Washington Post reports:

Senate leaders have reached an agreement on a two-year budget deal, adding billions of dollars in federal spending. The bipartisan accord would lift statutory budget limits by more than $200 billion, provide tens of billions of dollars in disaster relief funding.

Senate leaders unveiled the deal Wednesday after months of negotiations — and after Senate Democrats agreed to set aside immigration policy demands.

The plan still faces head winds — particularly in the House, where conservative Republicans are balking at the increased spending and liberal Democrats want further assurances on immigration. The announcement came as Congress faces yet another government shutdown deadline of Thursday at midnight.

Business Insider reports:

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that she would not support an emerging Senate budget deal that would avoid a government shutdown until House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to a vote on an immigration deal as well.

Pelosi said that while the budget deal contains “many Democratic priorities,” leadership would not urge members to vote for it until Ryan pledges to allow a bill to come to the floor that would codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.

“This morning, we took a measure of our Caucus because the package does nothing to advance bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers in the House,” Pelosi said. “Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support.”

  • Sam_Handwich

    slash revenue, raise spending

    what could possibly go wrong again?

    • David Walker

      Isn’t that supposed to the Democrats’ approach? I thought that was bullshit because Democrats at least raised a tax to pay for whatever it was. The fiscally responsible republicans just spent the money that wasn’t there.

      • CraigNJ

        Don’t worry, economic growth will more than pay for it. /s

        • unsavedheathen

          Don’t worry, cuts to social spending will almost pay for it. /ns

      • olandp

        Democrats tax and spend while Republicans borrow and spend.

  • Ish

    Democrats & Republicans, partners in fucking everybody over.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    “leadership would not urge members to vote for it until Ryan pledges to allow a bill to come to the floor that would codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.”

    Again, Pelosi sells out her constituents.

    They don’t want a pledge, they want the bill, goddamnit!

    • another_steve

      Although polling shows a majority of Americans want the DACA people protected, not deported, polls also show a majority believe it’s more important to keep the government open than to do an immigration bill at this time.

      There’ll be a lot of grandstanding, but the Dems understand which way the winds are blowing at this time.

      • The_Wretched

        So they should message differently. Start by claiming a win and then go on to blame reblicans. Giving up ahead of time is a guaranteed fail.

      • Butch

        I think, though, the problem is that the issues are presented as a binary choice – do you want this or that, and not whether both can be done. Of course people want the government kept open, and I think that poll is an apples to oranges comparison.

        • clay

          They only vote on one bill at a time, and it’s best to keep non-budget items out of the budget bill. Of course, if Ryan thinks the current bi-partisan immigration bill won’t make it, he could still put it up for a vote first, as a sign of good will, and lose nothing, but he won’t even do that.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Lazycrockett

    Shall be interesting to see what the House’s freedom caucus thinks bout all the spending.

    • Ninja0980

      If they have the Democratic votes for it, it won’t matter what they think.

      • Lazycrockett

        Nancy is against it.

  • Kelly Lape

    What a joke. Money for disaster relief? Trump will just let it sit. He already ignores the law.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      True enough. When I read that my first thought was “tell it to Puerto Rico asshole”

  • The_Wretched

    sequestration cuts hit both domestic and military spending. Unwinding just the military side is bs and unbalanced. It’s a deal breaker.

  • David Walker

    “I can ensure the process is fair to all sides.” I wish he had at least a little bit of history to make this less of a lie.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      I wish his personal wealth hadn’t grown by such huge factors while being a public servant. Like his promises, doesn’t add up.

      • Lars Littlefield

        He was just showing off his famous sense of humor. Such a crack up.

  • Jefe5084

    Damn. I was hoping he had passed on.

  • Stubenville

    ” …Ryan pledges to allow a bill to come to the floor that would codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.”


    Say a bill “to keep innocent children in the United States, the only country they’ve ever known.” Nobody in the general public knows MUCH or cares about DACA or the Dreamers.

    • canoebum

      Ryan’s pledges are worthless.

      • They are the very description of “pie crust” promises. Easily made, easily broken.

    • killreligion

      Hmm. DACA has been in the news constantly for over a year

      If the idiots don’t know about it by now a name change won’t help.

  • greenmanTN
    • Harveyrabbit

      Is Tippy one of the modeling jobs Mitch McConnell did to help pay his way through college?

      • greenmanTN

        And Paul Ryan posed for The Pirate. I haven’t decided who Tiny is yet, maybe Susan Collins.

        • Harveyrabbit

          Michele Bachmann. They didn’t manage to get the crazy in her eye very well though.

  • safari

    I remember when the sequester was sold as the only thing keeping us from drowning in debt.

    • KarenAtFOH

      The tax scam bill shot that to hell. What’s a few trillion more?

    • billbear1961


    • BearEyes

      that’s only when Obama was in office.
      And that was designed to suppress economic growth

  • Bambino

    So they will tell the cadet bone spur the budget contain a military parade just to get him sign on the dotted line?

  • bkmn

    IF an immigration bill can pass, my money is Trump will veto it. All he has left is his base, and that would keep them happy.

  • Butch

    We are, of course, actually talking about last year’s budget, which Congress never got around to enacting.

  • William

    “If you vote for our bill, we will promise to discuss your plan. Someday”

  • billbear1961

    Will this happen before or after Al Capone’s long-awaited “pivot”??

  • Sam_Handwich
    • safari

      Hello Mr.. Bagger.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • Ninja0980
    I know numbers will go up and down but uurrrrggghh!

  • Talisman

    “Leader McConnell”

    An oxymoron, if ever there were.

    • It’s a drainage term – the “leader” runs to the “gutter.”

  • Leo

    OT. So apparently there’s new ‘hype’ over new Strzok texts, or something.

    • Tread

      Yeah. Because Obama wanted to know what they were up to, as any CIC would.

    • The_Wretched

      I’ve not dived on the full story but the right-wing representation is that Obama asked the FBI for a briefing on their Donny investigations and Russia investigations. That’s then spun to mean Obama was directing the FBI in political attacks on Donny.

      Or, you know, he was doing his job and did Donny a huge favor by sitting on it all.

  • Gustav2
    • Bryan


    • Lazycrockett

      He gets nuttier by the day and that is saying something.

  • Leo
  • justmeeeee

    Roll over, Dems. That’s a good doggie!

  • TexasBoy

    Dems roll over and play dead on immigration.

  • Ben in Oakland

    So the party of fiscal responsibility is at it again.

  • This new budget is all well and good, but how the hell are we supposed to pay for it? Just like the majority of his businesses, cheat-alini is going to bankrupt us.

    Before he lost the Taj Mahal to bankruptcy, the casino would have to have gamblers LOOSE 1 Million dollars a day to keep it solvent. The amount of people gambling per day to lose that amount is staggering.

    • The_Wretched

      Emergency slashing of medicare, medicaid and ‘so sorry’ there goes social security.

      • Bluto

        “Meals on Wheels shows no results.”

        • The_Wretched

          My wife volunteers with them. Since it leverages a ton of donated time for the food deliveries, it’s extremely cheep to the government. And its keeping people from starving in many cases. It’s entire yearly budget is smaller than Trump’s golfing this year.

          • Bluto

            EXACTLY! & kudos to your wife for volunteering.

  • killreligion

    Borrow and spend. THe tax bill was a joke. NO stimulus needed. Well just get higher rates

  • JIM W

    So the Dems are going to trust the Repubs one more time. Reminds me of Charlie Brown’s football kicking.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    “conservative Republicans are balking at the increased spending”

    I assume none of them voted for the tax plan.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    It’s going to be important to contact your Democratic Representatives to urge them to follow Pelosi’s (current) thinking on the matter.

    There’s going to be a lot of pressure on them to cave.

    I’d also recommend contacting your Democratic Senator and expressing your unhappiness that they gave up on DACA.

  • geoffalnutt

    There’s no point in looking at or listening to a Republican…ever. Just watch what it does…or tries to do. Assume it is the enemy. If one is near you are in danger.

  • I am disappointed in the Senate Democratic leadership – they can talk the talk but apparently when the time comes to walk the walk, they lay down. Nancy Pelosi in the House is at least trying to salvage something.

  • coram nobis

    Donald will take credit for this too, when in fact it was Mitch the Wonder Turtle to the rescue. I wonder how much blackmail, pork and earmarks went into this one?

  • abqdan

    I guess they need that extra money to put on Trump’s parade…

  • Kruhn

    You fucking, sniveling, lily-livered, two-bit, spineless, Democrats! I will personally hold responsible Charles Schumer if I, a Latino- born American citizen, get detained by ICE on my weekly Sunday bus trip to Philadelphia! My only protection is that I am, as I like to joke, white-adjacent and may pass their illegal scrutiny.

    I’m joining Billbear in screaming bloody murder and demanding that the Democrats to grow a goddamned spine.

  • JIM W

    Any spending bill needs to have language that will prevent the President from spending money for any parade, especially a military parade.

  • JackFknTwist

    The big question is why are they trying to tie DACA legislation to funding the Wall ?
    [ this seems to have been the Trump/Bannon/Miller strategy all along].

    We all know that Mexico will pay for the Wall…….we were told over 76 times.

    The ‘deplorables’ all believed that Mexico will pay; I even saw their lips move.
    Now like every word out of the mouth of Trump/turd it is proved wormwood.

    So when Mexico did not and will not pay for the wall, it is all the poor suckers who fell for this shit are now going to be stuck with the bill.

  • JackNasty

    The Democrats could start standing up to the GOP, and start proposing popular solutions to problems Americans face. Or they could continue with their current ‘3rd Way’ triangulation strategy of caving in to the GOP, doing nothing, and endlessly complaining about Trump.

    Hey fellow Dems, how’d that ‘3rd Way’ triangulation strategy work for us in 2016 ? Do you really think offering more of the same will work better in 2018?

    • Gianni

      Let’s remember that the Republicans CONTROL both houses of Congress and there is a pseudo-republican President.

  • Steven H

    I really don’t like the idea of using a government shutdown as a bargaining chip. Besides the fact that we have a constitutional obligation to run a government at all times, it’s insane to me that some people think it’s acceptable for the nation’s largest employer to simply withhold its employees’ paychecks (and cancel their leave) until a legislative dispute is resolved… however long that takes. The government is pretty good at keeping the costs of a shutdown from raining down on the public, but those costs exist–they aren’t minor–and they impact nearly 3 million people. (And that’s not counting the tens of thousands of contractors who are often NOT paid back for lost work days). Good messaging doesn’t change the fact that you are using millions of people as disposable pawns in a fight that you will not win until Democrats take back the Congress.

    At any rate, what’s keeping the Republicans from shutting the government down over pretty much anything that they want when they are in the minority again? Particularly if they think that they can “message” their way out of it?

  • Gianni

    What is going on in McConnell’s mind? Is he unaware that his President WANTS to shutdown the government? He said it repeatedly in public! Mitch, Donnie’s going to take this as a rebuke of HIS wishes.

  • rednekokie

    If this fucking turtle-faced liar would simply do his job and pass a budget, then all this horse manure would be over with.

  • stanhope

    This butt ugly bitch just needs to quit.

  • olandp

    And exactly who’s fault is sequestration? Which party controlled both the House and the Senate, yet couldn’t come up with a compromise to end sequestration?