Congressman Jim Costa returns from DC, says lawmakers are nowhere near a deal on budget

Says spending on defense in one of many issues lawmakers can't agree on

Fresno, Calif. - Congressman Jim Costa predicts his peers will not be able to pass a budget by the Feb. 8 deadline.

After a three day shutdown DC lawmakers couldn't agree on a budget, instead, they passed a fourth temporary spending bill.

Costa flew back to the Valley Monday night to talk about how displeased he is with Congress. 

"There is a growing frustration from members of Congress. This is no way to do the nation's business," said Costa.

If Congress does not pass a budget, the government could once again face a possible shutdown or lawmakers will have to a fifth temporary spending bill.

"From your lips to God's ears, i'd be surprised if we get all of our spending priorities resolved," said Costa.

What's keeping lawmakers from passing a budget?

According to Costa, republicans would like to make up the deficit from the tax cut with cuts to domestic programs and they want to increase defense spending without increasing other military needs.

"We think Homeland Security, we think veteran's administration and important services to domestic expenditures should have a parody in terms of increased spending," said Costa.

Democrats were able to get republicans to agree to address Dreamers--undocumented immigrants brought here as children.
Xavier Vazquez, dreamer, said with elections coming up all DC lawmakers need to honor their word.

"If they want to keep their seat in the Senate or House of Representatives, we want to remind them that they must keep their promises," said Vazquez.

Congressman Devin Nunes was not available for comment.

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