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U.S. Senate Reaches Long-Term Spending Deal

The compromise increases military spending while also put more funds towards disaster relief and public health.

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  A big budget deal is being unveiled in the Senate. 

Speaking on the Senate floor today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was negotiated by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and House.  He called it a significant, bipartisan agreement on a two-year budget.  

McConnell said the deal will boost defense spending, ending years of congressional budget restraints on the Pentagon.  McConnell noted that the agreement also increases domestic spending, including disaster relief and public health funding.  

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called the deal very good for the American people.  He said the agreement is a genuine bipartisan breakthrough.  The overall deal will boost government spending by about 300-billion dollars. 

Meantime, McConnell said the Senate will soon start a lengthy and open debate on immigration.  Democrats want longterm protections for Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. 

President Trump is insisting on tougher immigration laws, more border security and funding for a massive border wall.

(PHOTO: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images) 

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