The House appears to have sufficient support from defense hawks, Democrats and mainstream Republicans to pass the two-year budget deal during a planned Wednesday vote.
The primary opposition to the agreement — which would increase discretionary spending by $80 billion over fiscal 2016 and 2017 and extend the nation’s debt limit through March 2017 — is from conservatives who object to lifting the caps set four years ago by the Budget Control Act.
“I think every Democrat will vote for it and there will be enough Republicans in the conference that ultimately the deal will be passed. That doesn’t mean I agree with it,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), a veteran conservative.
“It will be a big bipartisan vote,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told the Hill.
Several snags Tuesday night, however, threatened to delay the House vote. Some Republicans criticized the bill after the Congressional Budget Office determined it only includes about $75.7 billion in spending cuts to offset $89.7 billion in spending increases.
The other sticking point was a reduction in crop insurance payments added to the bill to offset higher spending. Farm state lawmakers objected to the cut, which would raise $3 billion over 10 years.
Senate Republicans also appeared to favor the budget deal, reported the Washington Post. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised the agreement for adding money for defense without raising taxes.
“I’m hopeful and optimistic that that bill will come over to the Senate, and when it does, we’ll take it up,” McConnell said. A Senate vote would follow one in the House, and may not take place until next week.
The deal was negotiated largely in secret by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), along with White House officials.
The $80 billion in spending increases would be offset through savings from changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance fund and Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers. New revenue would be raised by auctioning off portions of the federal broadcast spectrum, selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and by efforts to increase tax compliance by large business partnerships, according to the Post.