Did Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) pull a political fast one with the budget deal he struck with President Donald Trump to forestall a government shutdown? Apparently so. Schumer has outmaneuvered the Trump administration and his Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) consistently since assuming the minority leadership in January. Republican lawmakers insisted on extra spending for defense. The House FY 2018 spending proposal, now in abeyance under the three-month stopgap spending law, allows spending $700 billion for defense, well above the $549 billion spending cap called for in the 2011 Budget Control Act, the 10-year spending sequestration plan designed to ease the nation’s debt. By agreeing to Schumer’s budget deal, Republicans have been [...]
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9/29/17 5:44 PM