By RYAN HUGHES, ABC7 News
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Congress is trying to avoid what could become a second partial government shutdown this year.
The Senate has agreed upon a rare two-year spending plan that, if approved, would keep the government open.
Crazy clouds over the Capitol as the clock is ticking towards another partial #governmentshutdown. Funding runs out at midnight. The Senate has agreed on a 2-yr rare bipartisan bill, but will it be enough to keep the government open? pic.twitter.com/FTWRYIlRP6— Ryan Hughes (@ABC7Hughes) February 8, 2018
The bipartisan compromise would provide the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. The bill includes billions of dollars for opioid treatment, disaster relief, infrastructure and a big boost to defense spending, but it also raises the deficit and doesn’t include a deal on immigration.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called a bill without immigration unacceptable.
During a marathon speech on the House floor Wednesday that lasted for about eight hours, she spoke in support of "Dreamers" and said she opposed the bill.
Federal funding runs out at midnight as the Senate bill heads to the House, but conservatives are expected to balk at the deal.
Just a few days ago, President Donald Trump tried to provoke a government shutdown if he didn’t get the money he needed for his border wall. Now, he’s encouraging support from both Republicans and Democrats, as the White House says he welcomes the bill even if it doesn’t have a fix on immigration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.