An end to hard ball? A bipartisan budget bill was passed signaling change
A bipartisan bill was passed in a congress currently known for fighting on issues tooth and nail.
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“I want to congratulate Democratic negotiators who were able to get the best possible deal for the American people in the delayed FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations Act. I am especially pleased that Democrats were able to:
· Fight off attempts to legislate cutting Federal funds to so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ similar to the Trump executive order which has been stayed by the courts;
· Win inclusion of $295.9 million to alleviate an emergency budget shortfall in Puerto Rico;
· Allow the Treasury Department to provide financial planning and other technical assistance to the Puerto Rican government;
· Deny President Trump’s request for US funding for a border wall which he claimed would be paid for by Mexico.
I supported all of these provisions and I’m glad that our leadership was able to win their inclusion. This is not a perfect bill and we have a lot of work to do on FY2018 spending. But this deal is welcome news.”