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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 TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 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 LoweyFinger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight Top House Democrats call for watchdog probe into Pompeo's Jerusalem speech With Biden, advocates sense momentum for lifting abortion funding ban 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 PriceHouse panel approves measure requiring masks on public transport Overnight Energy: 350 facilities skip reporting water pollution | Panel votes to block Trump's 'secret science' rule | Court upholds regulation boosting electric grid storage Committee votes to block Trump's 'secret science' EPA rule 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 GrangerBottom line GOP women's group rolls out six-figure campaign for Ernst Bottom line 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 ShelbyFinger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag | Company layoffs mount as pandemic heads into fall | Initial jobless claims drop to 837,000 GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag 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.