Trump tweets support for budget deal, saying it would help 'great military'
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WASHINGTON — President Trump tweeted his thumbs-up for a bipartisan budget deal hatched by Senate leaders Wednesday, signaling to House conservatives they should get behind the compromise.
Trump came out in support of the deal reached by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., emphasizing the benefit to "our great Military" because it would lift tight spending caps known as the "sequester" that have been in place since 2011.
The deal would eliminate strict budget caps, set in 2011 to reduce the federal deficit, and allow Congress to spend about $350 billion more on defense and domestic programs in the current fiscal year and in fiscal year 2019.
But the fate of the overall budget deal remained uncertain Wednesday, with House conservatives expressing concerns about the increased deficit spending and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying the agreement does nothing to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
With bipartisan support in the Senate, the plan should pass easily. But the House is another matter. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pitched the agreement to a divided GOP conference. Defense hawks and moderates said the deal was an imperfect but decent compromise while conservatives blasted it as an ill-advised budget-buster.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the domestic spending increases were too much for him and other conservatives to stomach.
“I would be very surprised if more than a couple of the Freedom Caucus members would vote yes," Meadows said.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., called the spending bill "a debt junkie's dream," adding, "I’m not only a no. I’m a hell no."
Contributing: Deirdre Shesgreen, Nicole Gaudiano