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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 LoweyCongress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break House Dems at odds with Senate in .5 billion border bill House Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill 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 PriceDemocrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests Ahead of infrastructure talks, House Democrats release 7B bill House Appropriations passes defense bill that would limit funds for border wall, pull US support from Yemen war 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 GrangerDemocrats take aim at Trump policies by passing T spending package Congressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending Democrats set stage for next shutdown fight with wall-free spending bill 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 ShelbyThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Congress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks 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.