Stefanik Supports Bipartisan Budget Deal

Stefanik Supports Bipartisan Budget Deal

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The government has until midnight to pass a bipartisan budget deal that would increase spending by $300 billion over the next two years.

"The budget deal doesn't have anything Democrats want. It doesn't have everything Republicans want, but it has a great deal of what the American people want,"  said Senator Charles Schumer (D. - New York).

This includes an extra $80 billion in defense spending this year, some of which will trickle down to Fort Drum.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik supports the deal, saying that it "gives our men and women in uniform the resources they need to keep us safe. This agreement also funds a well-deserved pay raise for our brave service members -- including the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division."

Stefanik didn't say how much the raises are.

The deal also includes funding for other initiatives that affect the north country, like reforms that will help small dairy farmers and $6 billion toward fighting the opioid crisis.

"We will be able to apply for new grants that will give us more financials to address the crises. It will help pay for additional prevention programming," said Anita Seefried-Brown, Alliance for Better Communities.

Once the deal passes the Senate, the House will vote on it. And then to the president's desk for a signature. If the deal doesn't pass, the country faces another government shutdown.

What follows is our earlier report on Stefanik's position:

The north country's congresswoman says she plans to support the budget deal reached by Republican and Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

“I will be supporting the bipartisan deal that increases total defense spending so that we can give our men and women in uniform the resources they need to keep us safe,” Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said in a state Thursday morning.

The bipartisan compromise reached in the Senate Wednesday would provide the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years.

“This deal contains funding for many other important initiatives for our district, including infrastructure and rural broadband," Stefanik said. "This deal includes necessary reforms that will help small dairy farmers across our district and it includes additional funding to combat the opioid crisis and support mental health programs."

The agreement is coming under fire from both left and right in the House of Representatives, where Stefanik serves.

Deficit-minded Republicans don't like the additional spending and some Democrats are unhappy that immigration isn't part of the measure.

To that end, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a record eight-hour speech arguing in favor of legislation for young immigrants in the country since childhood who face deportation.

The White House backs the Senate deal. Senate leaders hope to approve the measure Thursday and send it to the House for approval. 

The federal government will shut down for the second time in a month if legislation isn't approved by midnight Thursday.

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