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tv   U.S. Senate Sens. Mc Connell Schumer on 2- Year Budget Deal  CSPAN  February 7, 2018 11:46pm-12:02am EST

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significant amount of the first year making sure it wasn't co-opted, challenging people in our own movement to not use it to say other communities matter, but to really focus on black inple, and be ok, be allies, solidarity with black people. then we took it out to the world. >> sunday night at 9:00 p.m. 's book tv.c-span2 >> congressional leaders have unveiled a budget deal that adds $300 billion in spending over the next two years, increasing discretionary spending by 21% over current limits raises the , debt selling, and adds funds for medical research, community health centers, and hurricane disaster relief. now senate leaders mitch , mcconnell and chuck schumer. >> i am pleased to announce that our bipartisan negotiations on a
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defense spending and other priorities has reached a significant agreement. i want to thank my friend the democratic leader for joining me this afternoon, and for the productive discussions that have generated this proposal. the compromise that we have reached will ensure that, for the first time in years, our armed forces will have more of the resources they need to keep america safe. it will help us serve the veterans who have bravely served us. and it will ensure funding for important efforts, such as disaster relief, infrastructure, and building on our work to fight opioid abuse and drug addiction. this bill is the product of extensive negotiations among congressional leaders and the white house. no one would suggest it is perfect.
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but we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the american people. first and foremost, this bipartisan agreement will unwind the sequestration cuts that have hamstrung our armed forces and jeopardized our security. mattis said, no enemy in the field has done more harm to the readiness of our military that sequestration. for years, my colleagues on the senate armed service committee led by chairman john mccain have spoken out about these damaging cuts. in the face of continuing and emerging threats, these threats cuts have left us unable to realize the potential of our missile defense capabilities, they have whittled down our conventional forces, laying an undue burden on deployed personnel, and their families.
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and they have shrunk our fleet to its lowest ship count in nearly three decades. we have not asked our men and women to do less for our country. we have forced them to make do with less than they need. this agreement changes that. in addition, this bill will provide for our returning heroes. overfunded, overcomplicated bureaucracies failed to deliver the care our veterans deserve. the trump administration and congress have made important progress for veterans. this agreement will expand on those steps. this agreement will also bolster our ongoing struggle against opioid addiction and substance abuse. it will fund new grants all and prevention programs and law enforcement efforts in vulnerable communities all
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across our country. it also provides funding for disaster relief efforts. last year, powerful storm struck puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands and damage d mainland communities from florida to texas. thanks to the efforts of members such as senator cornyn, cruz, rubio, and others, this bill get more help on the way. and the agreement will clear the way for a new investment in our nation's infrastructure. a bipartisan priority shared by the president and lawmakers of both parties. this bill does not conclude the serious work that remains before congress. after we pass it, the appropriations committees have six weeks to negotiate details and deliver full funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. but this bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward. i would urge every senator to
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review this legislation and join us in voting. i particularly want to thank my friend the democratic leader. i hope we can build on this bipartisan momentum and make 2018 a year of significant achievement for congress, our constituents, and the country that we all love. one final matter, i have said publicly many times, our upcoming debate on daca, border security, and other issues will be a process that is fair to all sides. the bill i moved to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that will ensure a level playing field at the outset. the amendment process will be fair to all sides, allowing the sides to alternate proposals for consideration. while i cannot guarantee any outcome, let alone super
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majority support, i can ensure the process is fair to all sides, and that is what i intend to do. >> the democratic leader. >> madam president, first let me thank the republican leader for his comments and his work the past several months. we have worked well together. for the good of the american people. we had serious disagreements. but instead of just going to our own separate corners, we came together with an agreement that is very good for the american people. and recognizes needs of both sides of the aisle. i'm pleased to announce that we have reached a two-year budget deal. to lift the spending caps for defense, urgent domestic priorities far above current spending levels. there are one or two final
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details to work out, but all the principles of the agreement are in place. the deal does not have everything democrats want, it does not have everything that republicans want, but it has a great deal of what the american people want. after months of legislative lock logjams, this budget deal is a genuine breakthrough. after months of fiscal brinksmanship, this deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship. and it should break the long cycle of spending crises that have snarled this congress and hampered our middle class. this budget deal will benefit our country. in so many ways. our men and women in uniform represent the very best of america. this budget gives our fighting forces the resources they need to keep our country safe. and i want to join the republican leader in saluting senator mccain. we wish you were here.
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because he has fought so valiantly and so long for a good agreement for the armed forces. the budget will also benefit many americans here at home. folks caught in the grip of opioid addiction. veterans waiting in line to get health care. students shouldering crippling college debt. middle-class families drowning under the cost of childcare. rural americans lacking access to high-speed internet. hard-working pensioners watching their retirements slip away. democrats have been fighting for the past year for these americans and their priorities. we have always said, we need to increase defense spending for our armed forces. but we also need to increase the kinds of programs that the
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middle class so needs and depends on. asis our job as americans, senators to ensure that middle-class people can live a life of dignity and decency so , that they can keep in their hearts the american belief that their kids will live a better life than they do. in this budget, we have room for the first time in a long time a good deal forward on these issues. alongside the increase in defense spending, the budget deal will lift funding for domestic programs by $131 billion. it will fully repeal the whileic sequester caps, securing $57 billion in additional funding to fight against the opioid and mental height crises. $5.8 billion for the bipartisan childcare development block grant. $4 billion to rebuild and
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improve veteran hospitals and clinics. $2 billion for critical research at the national institutes of health. and to augment our existing $20 billion infrastructure programs, including surface transportation, rural water and wastewater, clean and safe drinking water, rural broadband so desperately needed in large parts of rural america and , energy infrastructure. and $4 billion for college affordability, including programs that help police officers, teachers, firefighters. the deal also boosts several health care programs that we care a lot about in this country. an increase in funding for community health centers, which serve 26.5 million americans. my friends senators murray,
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castor, sanders -- tester, sanders, and others have been champions for these community health centers. i want to thank them for the hard work they put to get this done. the children's health insurance program will be extended for an additional four years. credit is due to ranking member effort inden for his this expansion. american families with children who benefit from chip will be able to rest easy the next decade. seniors caught in the medicare part d doughnut hole will also benefit from this bill, which eases the coverage gap next year, helping thousands, millions of seniors afford prescription drugs. we have waited long for this. rural hospitals that struggle. seniors, children, and safety net health care providers will benefit from a package of health tax extenders as well. on the pension issue, democrats
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secured a special select committee that must report a legislative fix to the problem by december 2018. millions of pensioners, teamsters, carpenters, miners, bakery workers, and so many more are staring down cuts to their hard-earned pensions. they did not do anything to cause those cuts. their livelihood is staked on these pensions. we ought to make sure they get every penny they earned. we democrats would have liked to pass the butch lewis act. we could not reach an agreement to do that, but now we have a process and potentially means and motivation to get it done. there were so many senators, led by senator brown, who were responsible for this. baldwin,klobuchar, mccaskill, donnelly, height camp, who worked so long and hard on pensions. the budget deal also includes
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long-awaited disaster relief for texas, louisiana, florida, the western states, puerto rico, and the u.s. virgin islands. many of these places are still taking their first steps on the long march to recovery. much of puerto rico and the virgin islands remains damaged and in the dark. this recovery aid could not have come a moment too soon. senator nelson worked very hard for both florida and puerto rico relief, as did so many in this chamber. i would like to thank our ranking member on the appropriations committee, senator leahy, who worked so diligently with his staff and ranking members on these issues. as well as senator murray, who has been our beacon on health issues, where we have made real progress today. for theet deal is a win american people. it will also do so much good for our military, and for so many
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middle-class americans. and finally consign the arbitrary and pointless sequester cuts to the ash heap . a final point, madam president, our work here in congress on this budget deal between the republican leader and i, between the senate and the house was completed without a great deal of help from the white house. while president trump threatens shutdowns and stalemates, congressional leaders have done the hard work of finding compromise and consensus. it's been a painstaking and months-long process. it has required concession, sometimes painful, by both sides. but at the end of the day, i believe we have reached a budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of. that's compromise. that's governing. that's what we should be doing more of in this body.
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and it is my sincere hope that the republican leader and i will continue to work together in this way to get things done for the american people. now, of course, we people. course, we week let's pass this budget into law alongside an extension of government -l funding. i hope the house will follow suit and president trump will sign it. i also hope that speaker ryan will do what senator mcconnell has agreed to do, allow a fair and open process to debate a dreamers bill on the house floor. this budget deal will be the best thing we've done for our economy, our military, our middle class, for a long t


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