Top US Congress Democrat, starting race to pass itTop US Congress Democrat, starting race to pass it

Certainly! The top leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties in the US Congress have agreed to spend $1.59 trillion during the next two years. This deal is very important to keep the government from shutting down later this month. The talks are mostly about how to divide up the money for the fiscal year that ends on September 30 between different departments, such as Agriculture, Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services.

Starting this Monday, congressional groups will be negotiating hard to decide how much money each agency will get in the budget. For the first set of bills to pass Congress, the deadline is January 19. For the rest of the bills, the deadline is February 2. Even though they have agreed on something, the parties still don’t seem to agree on the exact numbers they’ve agreed on.

Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson said that $886 billion would go to security and $704 billion would go to non-defense spending. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that non-defense spending would amount to $772.7 billion. Both parties want to keep important domestic goals like healthcare, feeding aid, and benefits for veterans from being cut.

This deal comes from earlier talks, such as one between President Joe Biden and former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who laid out the plan to spend $1.59 trillion in fiscal year 2024. But disagreements arose after the law was signed into law over an extra $69 billion in spending on things other than security, which caused some trouble.

Now, the deal that was revealed takes into account the $69 billion change, which suggests that it is part of the current plan. Also, the Republicans are said to have won a deal that will reduce the amount of unused COVID aid money by $6.1 billion.

Overall, this deal between the two major political parties is a balance that makes sure the government can keep running while also handling different financial issues across departments and balancing the different points of view of the two parties.

FALSE DAWN?

The deal on the general spending limit might not mean much if House Republicans keep their word and stop spending bills unless Democrats agree to make it easier to cross the border. The House Freedom Caucus called the deal a “total failure” on social media, and they don’t like the plan that Johnson and Schumer worked out.

Even though the deal has been criticised, Biden sees it as a way to keep the government open and protect important national goals. He made it clear that the amounts of funds were agreed upon with feedback from both sides. McConnell, a Republican in the Senate, also said some good things about the deal and stressed how important it was to solve national security problems quickly.

The real issue is getting the 12 bills passed that will fully fund the government. This is especially important since federal funding for housing, transportation, agriculture, energy, troops, and military building could run out on January 19 if Congress doesn’t act. It’s interesting that funds for things like defence will stay in place until February 2.

The amount of money that was agreed upon didn’t make House Republican Chip Roy happy. Roy is known for taking strong stands. The message from Senator Johnson said that the final spending numbers wouldn’t please everyone and didn’t cut spending as much as some people would like.

When Congress looks back on the past year, it has seen its fair share of chaos, including being on the verge of default and dealing with changes in leadership. In September, the government almost shut down, but not quite.

To make things even more difficult, House Speaker Johnson has to deal with a small majority and a lower vote count because a member is getting cancer care. McCarthy, the previous speaker, was removed by his party after passing a bill that needed Democratic votes to keep the government open. This is similar to that chaos.

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