Lawmakers seal deal on $1T plan government-wide funding bill

Donald Trump Chuck Schumer ‘Leading Democrats to Doom’					Alex Brandon  AP			by Ben Kew29 Apr 20170		29 Apr 2017		29 Apr 2017

Schumer also showed off his contemporary tastes with picks by Tame Impala ("New Person, Same Old Mistakes"), Lady Gaga ("Million Reasons"), James Blake ("Life Round Here") and Solange ("Weary"). It denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, but gives him a down payment on his request to strengthen the military.

Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration "couldn't be more pleased" with an agreement on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill to keep government running through September. He tries to blame the Democrats, but he didn't need a single Democratic vote to pass it in the House. That made the party out of power a major player in the negotiations. The House did not vote last week on a renewed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, but the White House remains hopeful action could come soon.

Ryan's office peppered reporters' inboxes with news releases cheerleading for the bill and GOP-won provisions such as extending a private school vouchers program for students in Washington, D.C.'s troubled school system through 2019. They were forced to settle for far less with domestic increases in the 1 percent range.

"I think you're going to see conservatives have some real concerns with this legislation", Rep. Jim Jordan of OH said on CNN's "New Day", citing domestic spending obtained by Democrats and other issues.

Among the final issues resolved was a Democratic request to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico with its Medicaid burden, a top Pelosi priority.

"[Mayor Bill de Blasio] ought to tell the Congress if we don't pay for it, New York City cops aren't guarding it", Schumer told BuzzFeed News.

But Schumer said that when he talked with Trump on the phone in recent weeks about the funding bill, the president never even brought up the wall.

Trump did obtain $1.5 billion for border security measures such as additional detention beds. Trump's tax plan is facing an uphill battle because House Republicans are divided between those fiscal conservatives who don't want to pass an unpaid-for tax plan and Republican moderates who don't want to raise taxes or take deductions away from the middle class and the poor.

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