House chaplain applauds budget deal during opening prayer

House chaplain applauds budget deal during opening prayer
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House chaplain Rev. Patrick Conroy praised congressional negotiators for striking a deal to increase spending and raise the federal borrowing limit during his opening prayer on the House floor on Tuesday.

The chaplain's remarks came one day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE announced he would support the two-year budget agreement, which suspends the national debt ceiling through July 2021, capping days of negotiations in Washington.

The deal was struck following talks between Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinLawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Graham clash over Iran policy Liz Cheney calls for 'proportional military response' against Iran MORE, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyBudowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat Hoyer calls on GOP leader to denounce 'despicable' ad attacking Ocasio-Cortez The Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks MORE (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“We are grateful for [the] success of negotiations between president and congressional leaders on debt limit and budget caps deal,” Conroy said in the floor.


“Ask your blessing on them and those charged with moving the business of government and national economy forward."

Conroy's comments come as numerous GOP lawmakers have expressed hesitations over supporting the measure, citing concerns over spending levels and the process in which the deal came together.

It's unusual for the House chaplain to weigh in on policy issues, since they are primarily tasked with providing pastoral services for members of both sides of the aisle. Conroy has also garnered attention before over his remarks in the chamber.

Last year, former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) requested that the Jesuit priest resign, with some members speculating the push for him to leave was over what some perceived to be a partisan prayer during the debate on tax reform. Ryan denied the attempt to oust him was political and Conroy was ultimately reinstated.