Dems And GOP Still Opposed On Budget Priorities, But Bipartisan Will To Strike Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talk during the congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senate Majority Leader Bob ... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talk during the congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole at the U.S. Capitol January 17, 2018 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 22, 2019 7:49 a.m.

As expected, Democrats and Republicans have not yet reconciled their budget priorities: Republicans want to bloat the defense budget, while Democrats are clamoring for financial parity between defense and domestic spending.

According to Politico, the negotiations have however been infused with bipartisan will to strike a deal before Draconian cuts — known as a sequester — would kick in automatically if a compromise is not reached.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has kept up an optimistic tone, is reportedly in charge of wrangling President Donald Trump to ensure that he doesn’t just scuttle the deal when the two sides reach it.

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