Trump doubles down on support for budget deal

Trump doubles down on support for budget deal
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE in a tweet on Thursday doubled down on his support for a $370 billion budget and debt ceiling deal, urging support from skeptical Republicans ahead of an expected Senate vote on the measure later in the day.

“Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets, and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Two year deal gets us past the Election," he tweeted. "Go for it Republicans, there is always plenty of time to CUT!”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) has struggled to gain broad support for the measure among his own conference, with questions arising whether a majority of Republicans could be cajoled into lending support for the measure.

Last week, just 65 Republicans voted for the measure in the House, representing about a third of the House Republican Conference.

Even McConnell has sought to keep a degree of distance from the deal, which fiscal hawks have warned could add as much as $1.7 trillion to the deficit over a decade. In an email urging its passage, McConnell referred to the agreement as the “Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal.”

The agreement to raise spending caps, which averts deep planned spending cuts and increases 2020 spending some $50 billion over current levels, was chiefly negotiated by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays MORE. Republican and Democratic leaders in both chambers signed off on the deal.

It would also suspend the debt ceiling for two years, averting a potential default in the coming months.