Liberal Democrats may block leadership-backed budget measure

April 09, 2019 - 1:39 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Democrats are opposing a budget measure backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House party-leaders, saying not enough money is included for liberal priorities. The proposal would increase spending for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

Progressives such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington are pushing for significantly higher spending for domestic programs, saying the Pentagon budget is bloated while domestic programs are being shortchanged.

The opposition from the House Progressive Caucus could prompt Democratic leaders to cancel a vote that had been tentatively slated for Wednesday.

The Trump White House and House Republicans also oppose the leadership's proposal, saying increases for the Pentagon are insufficient; moderate Democrats are opposed to the liberals' proposal.

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