The two Senate leaders in both parties, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, are reportedly close to an agreement that would fund the federal government for two years and do away with the 2011 sequestration deal that has made it more hard to reach an annual budget for the last several years.
US Senate lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bipartisan budget deal which will set government spending framework for fiscal 2018 and 2019 in order to avoid government shutdown.
"We Democrats have always stood for parity, and we are making very, very good progress in achieving parity", Schumer said. It includes money for the military for a year and community health centers for two years, and shifts Medicare funds.
The Senate vote was delayed until past midnight by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul - who spoke passionately for hours on the Senate floor Thursday evening as he tried to force a vote on an amendment that would effectively undermine the budget deal.
The House approved a short-term spending bill Tuesday but changes were expected in the Senate.
Senate leaders, disregarding President Trump's threats to shut down the government, struck a far-reaching agreement on Wednesday that would add hundreds of billions of dollars to military and domestic programs over the next two years, breaking the cycle of fiscal crises that have bedeviled the Capitol since last summer.
"We have reached the budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of", Schumer said.
A congressional source familiar with the agreement said it would increase non-defense spending by $131-billion and include $20-billion for infrastructure spending.
"This budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship", said Schumer, D-New York. "Hopefully, we will not be in that situation again".
If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the U.S. working day begins on Friday. "Nobody wants another except him".
Senate leaders said earlier on Tuesday that they were close to a two-year budget deal. Before it was announced, Republican members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus loudly panned the increased spending as fiscally irresponsible and warned it would add to burgeoning deficits. There's also $6 billion to combat opioid abuse and improving mental health, and $2 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health.
Representative Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat, said a budget deal without protection for the young immigrants covered under the soon-to-end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unacceptable. Passing the bill in the Senate will require 60 votes, meaning that those 44 Democrats, if they stick together, would be able to block it.
However, it would not resolve the plight of "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the USA illegally as children.
The bill stalled in the Senate Thursday night when one of the opponents, Sen.
"We need a long term budget", Brown said, "then we need immediately to begin a debate on how we're going to protect these DACA kids".
"There will be things in a final package, some I like, some I don't like", he said.