Democrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests

Democrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests
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Two House Appropriations subcommittees on Thursday passed spending bills that defy President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE's requests to slash spending on agriculture, transportation and housing. 

The subcommittees on agriculture and on transportation and housing and urban development each advanced their respective bills to the full committee, which is expected to take them up after the Memorial Day recess.

The $24.3 billion agriculture bill rejected Trump’s request to cut the Department of Agriculture budget by nearly 15 percent.

Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Pelosi: Israel's Omar-Tlaib decision 'a sign of weakness' Lawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar MORE (D-N.Y.) said the bill rejects Trump's "misguided budget and instead invests in important initiatives for the people."

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“The bill would reduce hunger at home and abroad, support rural development and our farmers, and ensure the FDA is properly funded to meet the growing needs of regulating our food, medicines, and more,” she added.

The $137.1 billion bill for transportation and housing and urban development came out $17.3 billion above the president’s budget request.

Rep. David PriceDavid Eugene PriceRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Democrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests Ahead of infrastructure talks, House Democrats release 7B bill MORE (D-N.C.), who chairs the transportation subcommittee, said the bill "makes forward-looking investments in our housing and transportation infrastructure, while ensuring concerted attention to safety, the needs of the most vulnerable, and resilience."

Republicans on the Appropriations Committee raised concerns that the bills nix conservative policy provisions, as well as issues with overall spending levels. 

“I am concerned about the overall funding level and that an important pro-life provision was removed from the bill,” said Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerLobbying world House approves bill increasing federal worker pay House approves 3 billion spending package MORE (R-Texas), the committee’s ranking member.

Thursday’s bills mark the ninth and 10th spending bills to pass through Appropriations subcommittees this year. Eight have already cleared the full committee. Democrats hope to complete all 12 bills next month.

The Senate, however, has stalled on appropriations, with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyIn-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (R-Ala.) saying he is waiting for Democrats, Republicans and the White House to strike a deal setting new spending levels. 

A deal seemed close on Tuesday, but chances of an agreement fell as the sides dug in over domestic spending.