The Latest: Trump pushes for more Republicans in Congress

The U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday night, Feb. 8, 2018. The Senate passed a budget deal and spending measure to reopen the shuttered federal government early Friday morning, sending the bill to the House. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Jon Elswick

A two-year spending plan approved by Congress early Friday received mixed support from New York's congressional delegation. 

The budget agreement, which was negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, includes more defense spending and billions more in domestic investments. 

There is $6 billion to combat the opioid epidemic. Another $4 billion is in the bill to upgrade veterans' health care facilities. Community health centers, which have been in limbo since last fall, will get more than $7 billion over the next two years. The Child Health Insurance Program will be reauthorized for the next decade. 

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Schumer called the budget agreement "a true bipartisan breakthrough."

"In a Congress plagued by divisiveness, this budget deal is a true moment of unity and I hope it portends more of that for the future," he said. "Leader McConnell and I negotiated in a very good way." 

The Senate passed the spending plan by a 71-28 vote. A mix of Democrats and Republicans opposed the plan, including U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. 

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., broke with Schumer to vote against the budget agreement. Her opposition was due to the lack of a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

President Donald Trump rescinded the order that established the program under the Obama administration. The program, which provides legal protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, is due to expire in early March unless Congress acts. 

McConnell, R-Kentucky, committed to allowing an open debate on DACA legislation. But Gillibrand felt that wasn't enough.

"We shouldn't allow our young people to be used as bargaining chips in this country," she said. "I believe senators on both sides of the aisle should fight for these kids as hard as we would fight for our own families." 

Like the Senate vote, there was bipartisan support in the House for the budget bill. The measure passed by a 240-186 vote

The supporters included U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a North Country Republican. She highlighted the benefits for the military in the spending plan. Her district includes Fort Drum, home of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. 

"I ran against the devastating effects of the budget sequester on our national defense, and this deal lifts this harmful policy so that Secretary Mattis can combat the readiness crisis and rebuild our military to defend us against 21st century threats," she said. 

While most House Republicans from New York supported the agreement, a couple did not. 

U.S. Reps. Tom Reed and Lee Zeldin broke with a majority of their party and voted against the budget deal. Both expressed concerns about increased spending and how the spending plan would affect the national debt. 

Zeldin wrote in a tweet late Thursday that "Our great nation simply cannot afford the price tag on this Senate budget bill." 

After Congress passed the bill, it was sent to the White House. President Donald Trump signed the measure Friday morning. 

YES (12)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D), Rep. Chris Collins (R), Rep. Dan Donovan (R), Rep. John Faso (R), Rep. Brian Higgins (D), Rep. John Katko (R), Rep. Peter King (R), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D), Rep. Louise Slaughter (D), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R), Rep. Paul Tonko (D)

NO (17)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D), Rep. Eliot Engel (D), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D), Rep. Nita Lowey (D), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D), Rep. Grace Meng (D), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), Rep. Tom Reed (R), Rep. Jose Serrano (R), Rep. Tom Suozzi (D), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R)

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