Congress reaches agreement on plan to fund government until October 1

Lauren Perry
May 3, 2017

Trump tells the television network of congressional Republicans: "I like nearly all of them a lot" and "I think you're going to see the Republican party really come together".

Trump, however, obtained $1.5 billion for border security measures such as 5,000 additional detention beds, an upgrade in border infrastructure and technologies such as surveillance.

Schumer said the president puts together a plan that's "very hard right" and then says: "The way to be bipartisan" is to support the plan. He tries to blame the Democrats, but he didn't need a single Democratic vote to pass it in the House. As a result, the measure doesn't look much different than the deal that could have been struck on President Barack Obama's watch previous year.

While the measure would peacefully end a battle over the current budget year, the upcoming 2018 budget cycle promises to be even more hard. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., led the fight for a $1.3 billion provision to preserve health benefits for more than 22,000 retired coal miners and their families, while top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi provided the muscle behind a hard-won effort to give the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico $295 million to ease its Medicaid burden. 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.

Republicans had pressed for policy wins with so-called riders related to other abortion-related issues and blocking environmental regulations such as Obama's sweeping expansion of the Clean Water Act.

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House Republicans succeeded in funding a private school vouchers program for students in Washington, D.C.'s troubled school system through 2019.

Raju asked Schumer how Democrats' past attacks against Republicans for being "the party of no" during Barack Obama's presidency squared with the Democratic Party's current moves to block many of Trump's initiatives.

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"There are occasional small things but, overwhelmingly, when you look at how he's performed ... it's an 'F, '" he said.

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