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Pelosi sets spending demands for two-year budget deal

PoliticsJul 13, 2019 10:07PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Saturday that a two-year budget agreement with the Trump administration must include equal increases in defense and nondefense spending, plus additional money for a program intended to improve healthcare for military veterans.

"We all agree on the need to address the debt limit, but we also must reach an agreement on spending priorities based upon the principle of parity as soon as possible," the top Democrat in the House of Representatives told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a July 13 letter.

Pelosi's office said it released the letter after she and Mnuchin spoke by phone on Saturday evening for 12 minutes.

"The two-year budget agreement we are working to achieve should provide equal increases in the defense base and the non-defense base over the next two fiscal years," the speaker said in the letter.

"But it also must provide $9 billion in additional funds for the VA MISSION Act in fiscal 2020 and $13 billion in additional funds in 2021," she wrote.

The VA Mission Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support, seeks to revamp healthcare services provided through the Veterans Administration by allowing veterans to obtain private care, expanding assistance for caregivers and incentives for health professionals, and making other changes.

Pelosi told Mnuchin that past agreements on parity between defense and non-defense spending did not take into account the growing cost of implementing the program.

Pelosi sets spending demands for two-year budget deal
 

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Hank Williams
Hank Williams Jul 14, 2019 1:05PM ET
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Now we have three parties. It's going to be tough to get agreement.
Bagger Vance
Bagger Vance Jul 13, 2019 11:54PM ET
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Better help the Vets. Better build a wall since we havent helped our vets. Too late Dems.
Alex Bull
Alex Bull Jul 13, 2019 10:51PM ET
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Shes an old bag
Lynn McCord
the907man Jul 13, 2019 9:45PM ET
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As folks get older, they are more prone to dementia... some more than other for sure.
Tom OKray
Tom OKray Jul 13, 2019 9:45PM ET
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Yeah Trump shows signs more and more every day.
David Bowie
Defcon2 Jul 13, 2019 9:45PM ET
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Considering Trump endured the lies of Russian collusion, he's as sharp as ever. Nancy is a nervous wreck though, it may be old age or something else.
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jul 13, 2019 9:45PM ET
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David Bowie  botoxication
Lynn McCord
the907man Jul 13, 2019 9:45PM ET
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Tom OKray  . Me: It’s going to rain today.. Tom: hehe, because Trump... um.. wears red ties! (high fives himself). Trump obsession syndrome infects the feeble first.
 
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