Schumer accused the chamber's top Republican of either intentionally wanting Russian Federation to interfere with USA elections or being scared of President Trump's temper tantrums. Trump wrote on Twitter ahead of the 67-28 vote.
Yet several Senate Armed Services Committee members voted "no": Republican Sens. Questions focusing on how Democrats would pay for Medicare for All and other health care proposals were mostly brushed off by candidates as "Republican talking points"-a barb that actually gives Republicans far more credit than they deserve, given their recent budgetary track record".
Meanwhile, the statutory limit on Treasury Department borrowing would be suspended until at least July 31, 2021, in an attempt to erase any possibility of a default on debt through the November 2020 US election.
The Senate passed a two-year budget resolution on August 1 that sets caps for military and domestic spending through fiscal year 2021 and extends the debt ceiling through July 31, 2021, punting several sensitive spending issues until after the 2020 election.
Budget passage ends spending uncertainty for ag and other sectors, keeps the government open and averts a USA debt crisis, though lawmakers must still pass agency spending bills in September.
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The budget and debt bill, however, is a top priority for McConnell, who set up the initial talks - taken over by Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this month - and pushed to isolate conservative forces in the White House who were disruptive. The agreement stands as a rare example of bipartisan legislating in the Trump era, and is one of the few major votes Congress will take this year. It was approved with more Democratic votes than Republican, a potential embarrassment for the White House in the GOP-controlled chamber. It also sets budget caps for two years that will permit US$324 billion in additional domestic and defense spending above the current cap levels. The House has passed 10 spending bills, with Homeland Security delayed over border funding and the bill funding Congress stalled due to an effort to increase lawmakers' pay.
Republican supporters of the bill, H.R. 3877, praised it for increasing defense spending, which would rise from this year's US$716 billion to US$738 billion in 2020 and US$741 billion the following year.
The government spends more money than it brings in through revenue, and it covers the difference by issuing debt. The amount is US$150 billion over the spending caps that were imposed - and since then regularly lifted - by a deal to resolve a 2011 fiscal showdown.
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Paul's amendment to impose lower spending caps for the next decade, while requiring a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution before allowing a modest debt limit increase, was defeated on a 23-70 vote. John Thune of South Dakota, the Senate GOP whip, said of Trump's role in the last-minute lobbying. "This bipartisan funding deal is the opportunity - the only opportunity on the table - to continue filling in those gaps, before it's too late".
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the deal marked the death of the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement.