BUDGET/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “Senate leaders, disregarding President Trump’s blustery threats to shut down the government, neared a far-reaching agreement on Wednesday [2-7-18] to set spending levels on military and domestic spending for the next two years, breaking the cycle of fiscal crises that have bedeviled the Capitol since last summer.
The accord was expected to also include disaster relief for areas hit by last year’s hurricanes and wildfires.
Nevertheless, it sparked immediate opposition from the leader of House Democrats, Representative Nancy Pelosi, who said she could not agree to any budget deal that was not accompanied by a promised debate over legislation to protect the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, known as Dreamers…
The budget deal would be paired with a stopgap spending measure that would keep federal agencies open past Thursday, when the current funding measure is set to expire.”

-Thomas Kaplan, “Congressional Leaders Near Deal to Raise Spending over Two Years,” The New York Times online, Feb. 7, 2018