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Report: Schumer Says Senate Nearing 2-Year Budget Deal

Report: Schumer Says Senate Nearing 2-Year Budget Deal
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By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 03:31 PM

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that chamber leaders are nearing a two-year budget agreement that could avoid a federal shutdown this week.

"There are still some outstanding issues to be resolved, but we are closer to an agreement than we have ever been," the six-term New Yorker said on the Senate floor, The Hill reports.

Spending levels would be set for fiscal 2018 and 2019 under the deal — and it would avert a second shutdown after a temporary spending measure expires on Thursday.

The deal would set spending levels for fiscal 2018 and 2019 and avoid the prospect of a government shutdown when a stopgap spending measure expires on Thursday.

Schumer said he met with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in McConnell's office Tuesday.

McConnell later told reporters that he had a "good meeting" with Schumer.

"I'm optimistic that very soon we'll be able to reach an agreement," he said.

The stop-gap measure was approved Jan. 18, ending a two-day government shutdown.

In the House, Republican are pushing a bill that would finance the Pentagon for a full year at $659 billion but providing money for domestic programs only through March 23, USA Today reports.

That measure, which could be voted as early as Tuesday, seeks to satisfy conservatives who are demanding a huge increase in defense spending and an end to temporary funding bills for the military.

Still, Senate Democrats told the Hill that they do not expect another shutdown this week.

"There's no appetite for continuing that type of approach," said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois. "I sincerely hope I never face that again."

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