But the fate of the overall budget deal remained uncertain Wednesday, with House conservatives expressing concerns about the increased deficit spending and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying the agreement does nothing to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children.
Schumer said the budget also includes $6 billion to fight opioid abuse, $5.8 billion for affordable healthcare for working families, $4 billion that aid college completion and affordability; a 10 percent increase in funding for healthcare including community health centers; and relief for dairy farmers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., set next Monday as the start of a free-wheeling immigration battle, a debate he promised when Democrats agreed to vote to reopen the government last month.
"It's a good deal", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said. That bill also included a full-year of funding for defense spending. However, it only funds the government through March 23.
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 White House's current proposal-one that would put 1.8 million immigrants on a path to citizenship, but also boost border security, and dramatically curtail legal immigration-has been panned by Democrats. "Make no mistake, I will always stand up for fiscal responsibility, regardless of which party is in power, and I will continue to call the Republican party home to the ideas that led to Americans trusting us with government in the first place", Paul said.
However, it would not resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the US illegally as children.
The senate will take up the bill on Wednesday. "I want people to feel uncomfortable".
The budget bill raises military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.
"There is probably a lot of blame to go around for the Republicans who are advocating for this debt", Paul said to CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront.
I'm happy to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released.
"Give us a chance to allay the fear that is in the hearts of these Dreamers and their families, and remove the tears from the Statue of Liberty observing what is happening here", she said.
Both Democrats and conservatives in the House expressed reservations, with Democrats arguing they didn't want to support the bill without assurances the House would work on a permanent legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program - the Obama-era initiative that shielded from deportation foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors.