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    Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Moon Fest Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at Moon Fest! Discover the wonders of space, engage in space-themed activities like the Mars Landing Egg Drop Challenge and even learn from local astronomers during this out-of-this-world event on July 20 and 21.   Historic Downtown Sanford Battle of The Food Trucks This Saturday July 20th is the Sanford Battle of the Food Trucks with over 40 trucks participating! Bigger and better than ever with tons of craft beer, vendors, and live music.  Family and pet friendly fun in the Pints n' Paws Pavilion with doggie pools and water bowls to keep your pooch cool during the event!   Tacos & Tequila 2019 Tacos & Tequila celebrates the city's tastiest, most delectable delight: TACOS! Sample and vote on your favorite tacos among competing food trucks, taco shops and restaurants! There will also be tequila samplings, plenty of beer, and live entertainment, ALL INCLUDED in your ticket price. It’s all happening on July 20th, 2019 at Cheyenne Saloon and Church Street. Salud!   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Apollo 50th Celebrations  Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series 2019 Free Family Summer Event at Bass Pro Shops Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS  Fans of Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty and Benny can rejoice, a brand-new event, THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS, is headed to the place built for kids!  During THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS, fans can help build a Mystery Mosaic, meet our newest friend - Rex Dangervest - exclusively at The LEGO Movie Days, join the THE LEGO MOVIE Scavenger Hunt, parade the streets near The Big Shop, and enjoy exclusive food offerings - a Choco-Dipped Banana “Slip” and Disco Drop Doughnut.  Summer Star Party and Laser Fest All ages are welcome for a night under the stars to observe the moon and planets Jupiter and Saturn.   The star party is free to attend and takes place at the E. Ann McGee Student Center south pavilion. During the star party, laser shows will also be presented in the planetarium. Tickets can be purchased starting at 7 p.m. in front of the planetarium.   Please note that seating is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Visitors can choose between four different shows:  8 p.m. - Laser Beatles 9 p.m. - Laser Vinyl (AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, KISS, Aerosmith, Journey, Boston and more)  10 p.m. - Laser Metallica   11 p.m. - Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon For full show descriptions, please visit the Audio Visual Imagineering website.   Tickets for the laser shows are $10 for adults and $8 for non-Seminole State students and seniors (55+). Seminole State faculty, staff and students can buy tickets for $5 with a valid College ID. Present a valid ticket stub from a previous laser showing and receive $2 off any admission level.   11th Annual Bastille Bash 2019 Get your berets ready for the 11th Annual Bastille Day Bash, Saturday July 13, 2019, in the award winning Audubon Park Garden District. Visitors will enjoy the French Market at Audubon, 3 to 7:30 p.m., inside Stardust Video and Coffee, which features local artisans; baguette fencing; a Moulin Rouge Show, 8:30 p.m, also inside Stardust Video and Coffee; Marie Antoinette appearances; the 8th Annual Wine and Cheese Pairing class, 4 to 6 p.m. inside charming Emmanuel Episcopal Church (1603 E. Winter Park Rd Orlando); live music; French wines and Belgium beer and more.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer at the Orlando Science Center   Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series 2019   Free Family Summer Event at Bass Pro Shops Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week.  Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3:  Science After Sundown This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery, plus a few added surprises, during late nights at Orlando Science Center.  On Fridays and Saturdays from July 5 through August 10, the Orlando Science Center will host Science After Sundown with stargazing in the observatory, special workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace presented by The Isaacs Family, Hollywood films in the Digital Adventure Theater, and all exhibits open until 11:00 pm. Science After Sundown at the Orlando Science Center is included with regular admission.   Red, White & Blues on the Plaza Extend your 4th of July celebration through the weekend by enjoying classic blues by the Grimes Alley Blues Band. Bring a chair or grab a swing and enjoy this free live music performance with scenic downtown Winter Garden as the backdrop.   Coke Zero 400 Weekend  July 4-6, 2019  Daytona International Speedway  Celebrate Independence Day weekend at the World Center of Racing by being a part of one of the most anticipated races of the season as the stars and cars of the NASCAR Cup Series battle for victory under the lights - The Coke Zero Sugar 400.  In addition to the races fans can enjoy Driver Autograph Sessions, On Track Access, Motorsports Hall of Fame special event pricing and fireworks immediately following the drop of the checkered flag.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series 2019   2019 Daytona Beach Bandshell Concerts & Fireworks Line-Up   Free Family Summer Event at Bass Pro Shops Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.  icFlorida Fun 3:  Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando  At SeaWorld Orlando, when the sun goes down the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean spectacular. Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, exciting nighttime shows, returning summer classics, and a plethora of new food and drink options throughout the park. The energy of the night culminates with a family-friendly dance party before “Ignite” lights up the sky in a spectacular fireworks finale, marking the perfect ending to an amazing visit to SeaWorld.   Electric Ocean is included in admission to SeaWorld Orlando.   Adults Night Out at Planet Obstacle It’s time for the adults to let loose at Planet Obstacle on June 29th! This adults-only event is an amazing evening full of fun physical challenges, raffles, a colorful dance floor, and wine or beer for those who are 21 and up. Activities at Planet Obstacle include:  Aerial Ropes Course with 220 feet long Zip-line   Ninja Warrior Course   Bumper Cars   V-Trampoline Bungee   Rock-climbing Walls   Trampolines   Foam Pits   26 feet high Vertical Slide   Trampoline Dodge Ball   Aeroball Cage   Trampoline Basketball Court The Lake Nona Great American Block Party The Lake Nona Great American Block Party is back and better than ever on June 30 in Lake Nona Town Center. Entertainment for the whole family includes a full kids' zone, street performers, Beer Garden and live music! Enjoy complimentary Sno Cones, funnel cake, popcorn and Fresh Red, White & Blue Lemonade, and a  Pie Baking Contest! Finally, night will end with the second annual Lake Nona community fireworks spectacular! It’s a party you don't want to miss! Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: Kids Bowl Free at Aloma Bowling Centers   Turtle Power at the Orlando Science Center   40th Annual Elvis Presley Continentals Fan Club Charity Festival & Ultimate Elvis Contest  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  •  Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Mascot Games The Mascot Games features 30 mascots competing in thrilling and pulse-pounding gladiator-themed games to see who are the true champions of the mascot world. Proceeds from this two day event benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.    Fun Spot Foam Run Fun Spot America Theme Parks presents the Family Foam Run! Enjoy a day of fun obstacle courses and challenges throughout the park. End the course with a live high energy foam concert with DJ’s & more! Family Foam Run Ticket includes race entry, race swag, and hygiene kit to assemble and donate to Clean the World. Entry fees start at $10 kids under five are free with paid entry.    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Orlando Science Center The Orlando Science Center's new exhibit Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hideout Secrets of the Sewer lets you join the team and train alongside the Turtles and Master Splinter in their Underground Lair to discover the importance of teamwork, creative thinking, training, and humor before putting your skills and training to the test.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Mermaids at SEA LIFE Orlando   Kids bowl free at Aloma Bowling Centers   Island H2O Live! preview days at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week.   Estee talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Winter Garden Summer Sidewalk Sale Find great savings as you sip, stroll, and shop the sale racks and tables on the sidewalks along scenic historic Downtown Winter Garden during the Summer Sidewalk Sale. As you shop, enjoy outdoor live music acts throughout the day at the center of the sale, a free Children’s Art Project will be hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association at SOBO Art Gallery, and more.   Central Florida Home and Garden Expo The Central Florida Home Show will be held this weekend at the Orange County Convention Center, and will feature OVER 300 exhibits of the industry's hottest home and garden products, how-to seminars, as well as the chance to speak directly with the experts. As well as guest celebrity Danielle Colby from TV's American Pickers.   Summer Grape Stomp Kick off your summer of fun with a SUMMER GRAPE STOMP celebration! Enjoy two days of grape stomping, live music, family activities, and of course complimentary Winery tours and tastings. This is a weekend of fun you won't want to miss!   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Rusty McCranie is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Fun Spot Birthday Celebration special offers   Island H2O Preview Days at Margaritaville Resort Orlando   Mermaids at SEALIFE Orlando  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week.   Estee talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: MegaCon MEGACON, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center daily until May 19, 2019 with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities with cast reunions from Back To The Future, Boy Meets World, The All New Mickey Mouse Club, and more. There’s also a Cosplay Red Carpet, Photo Shoot Sessions, all-new programming, and family activities you won’t want to miss!   Gatorpalooza at Gatorland Gatorland is kicking off their 70th anniversary on May 18th with a Gatorpalooza event featuring live music, artisans, vendors, family fun, games, giveaways & more that is included with your admission to the park. Plus, guests visiting Gatorland on May 18 only will receive a 20 percent discount on Gatorland Annual passes and can take advantage of zip line specials going on throughout the day.   Mess Fest Mess Fest is back this year at the Orlando Science Center on May 18th and 19th featuring eight mess zones that are bigger and messier than ever. Plus, on May 19th – meet The (Blue) Man Behind the Makeup, Eric de Lima Rubb, as he talks about the science, art, and MESS he experiences while performing in Blue Man Group at Universal CityWalk!   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Inside Look Weekends at SeaWorld Orlando   Anastasia at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts   Wine Quest 2019 Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week.   Estee talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Monster Jam Monster Jam World Finals XX will be held at Camping World Stadium May 10–11, 2019 featuring all-new competition formats, including an elevated starting line above the seats and seven championship crowning moments. The championship weekend will deliver unprecedented access to the most Monster Jam athletes and the larger-than-life Monster Jam trucks they drive.    College Park Spring Fest College Park Spring Fest (formerly Dancing on the Drive) will take over Edgewater Drive with a creative and fresh vibe featuring great live music, a wine & beer garden, diverse food trucks, live painting, art installations, and the local shops and restaurants open on The Drive to enjoy.   Orlando Pottery Festival The Orlando Pottery Festival is Central Florida’s largest celebration and market of ceramic arts, featuring one-of-a-kind works created by local potters! You’ll find unique handmade ceramic gifts created by 38 talented local artists and a special Mother's Day Eve Tea—served all day!    Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  icFlorida’s Top Picks for Mother’s Day    Gator Week at Wild Florida   Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley  You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Estee talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: 8th Annual St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Stroll the streets of picturesque historic downtown Sanford with over 150 artists from across the country including 20 art-in-action demonstrations. Enjoy live music and fabulous food at our Culinary Arts Court, where the food is prepared on site.   Cinco de Mayo at Nona Adventure Park Nonahood Latino presents the newest event in the Nonahood Latino Fiestas series: Cinco de Mayo at the brand new Nona Adventure Park! It’s a full day of fun in the sun at the coolest new attraction in Orlando with outdoor fun for the whole family, special food and beverage options, and more!  Chihuahua Cha-Cha Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Crooked Can Brewing Company’s Chihuahua Cha-Cha on Sunday, May 5, 2019! Adorable chihuahuas will lineup to ‘Run for the Rescues' at this unique, one-of-a-kind event to support A Cause 4 Paws Rescue. Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com   3 More Fun Things: Festival Cinco de Mayo at OLD TOWN   DockDogs Leap to Support Pet Cancer Treatment   Clermont Caribbean Jerk Festival 
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley  You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week.  Estee talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.  icFlorida Fun 3: Earthfest 2019 In Mount Dora you can enjoy live art performances throughout the day, over 100 vendors, artists, crafters, body painting, and food vendors at Earthfest 2019.   Winter Garden Cruz N Car Show The Winter Garden Cruz N Car Show features more than 300 classic cars of all makes and models lining the streets of historic downtown Winter Garden while WJBJ Cruisin' with the Classics will provide entertainment.  Tigris opens at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Today Busch Gardens Tampa Bay officially opens Tigris, a triple-launch steel roller coaster. The new attraction is Florida’s tallest launch coaster and the ninth coaster in the park’s collection featuring 1,800 feet of steel track with an array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heart-line roll with a top speed of more than 60 miles per hour.  Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com  3 More Fun Things: Dear Evan Hansen  Autism Walk & Family Fun Day  Easter family fun at Bass Pro Shops Orlando  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
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  • Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere announced that he will not seek reelection today, after more than 20 years in city government. Persampiere said the decision is because he wants to spend more time with his family, and work on growing his business. Previously, he had served as an Oviedo city councilman before running for mayor. He’s been serving as Mayor since 2011.  Two months ago, Persampiere was involved in a dispute with a neighbor that led to police involvement, but a judge dismissed an injunction filed against him.
  • Disney World is hiring part-time workers to operate it's Disney Skyliner, set to debut in late September. The new transportation system will connect Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and four nearby resort hotels.  Skyliner workers will be responsible for greeting guests, loading and unloading the gondolas, as well as, monitoring the gondola system and providing audience control, according to a job posting.  The starting pay will be $12 an hour according to the posting, but Skyliner workers will be eligible for Disney's new starting rate of $13 as of September 29, 2019  Click here to apply
  • Aaron Carreto was enjoying his 10th birthday, playing outside his Compton home on July 6 when two neighbors tossed a lit, homemade firework at him, his family said. The boy reflexively grabbed the illegal firework, which exploded in his left hand, destroying four fingers and most of his palm, the Los Angeles Times reported. Aaron also lost a finger on his right hand and suffered burns on both hands, his face and his torso. One of the neighbors, Walter David Revolorio, 27, was arrested and charged with felony child cruelty and possession of a destructive device, the Times reported. The investigation is ongoing, but no charges had been filed against a second neighbor as of Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials had no immediate comment on the status of the investigation. Aaron told Fox 11 in Los Angeles he was playing outside in his neighborhood when he walked over to the neighbors to say hello. At one point, the men called out his name. “They said my name, and then I turned and my hand flipped over, so that’s when they handed the firework to me,” Aaron said. “I was about to throw it and it exploded in my hand.” The explosion was so great, it rocked nearby cars, Fox 11 reported. >> Read more trending news The Times reported that Aaron was immediately taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he underwent a series of emergency surgeries. Doctors at UC Irvine Medical Center attached his left arm to his stomach to hopefully preserve nerve and skin tissue they can use to reconstruct his hand. Aaron’s older sister, Adriana Carreto, said doctors also reattached the finger her brother lost on his right hand. Carreto wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help with Aaron’s medical expenses that he has a long recovery ahead, including at least two additional surgeries. Photos and video of the boy on the fundraising page, as well as on social media, show him with burns on his face and his left arm hidden under a hospital gown. Pain is etched on the boy’s face. “This incident changed his life, (his) way of living, but not his spirits,” Carreto wrote. “Everyone knows him as a social butterfly, always friendly to his teammates on the soccer team. He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs.” Carreto wrote that her brother loves riding his bike with neighborhood friends and playing the popular online video game 'Fortnite' with classmates over their summer break. “Now with his new disability, he’ll find it difficult to adjust to his day to day lifestyle,” Carreto wrote. As of Monday afternoon, donors had raised more than $47,000 of the page's $50,000 goal to help Aaron and his family. Carreto said along with the physical pain her brother is in, he is also psychologically scarred. “He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up,” Carreto wrote on the GoFundMe page. As of Monday, Aaron had been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home. “I been reading all the positive and kind words to Aaron from his donors and he said he appreciates all the help and support,” Carreto wrote. “He said he feels happy with each and every one of you guys.” The distraught sister told ABC 7 she, however, is angry. “I’m angry because those two guys are adults and one of them has kids,” Carreto told the news station. “I’m pretty sure if it was his kid, he wouldn’t have let that happen.” Aaron told KTLA he wants to see both men punished for what they did to him. “Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more,” Aaron told the news station. “I just wish that they could be in jail.” Revolorio remained Monday at the Los Angeles County Jail, where records show he is being held in lieu of $630,000 bond. The second neighbor accused in the incident has not been publicly identified.
  • President Trump continues his public criticism of House democrats Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. He tweets, “The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” These comments come after President Trump last week said those four freshman House Democrats should 'go back to the crime infested places' from which they came. This also comes after a crowd at a Trump campaign rally in North Carolina chanted 'send her back.
  • A California woman and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with their newborn son’s death after investigators learned they strangled the boy at the hospital shortly after he was born, authorities said. Andrea Torralba, 20, and David Villa, 21, both of Oxnard, are being held in the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of felony assault on a child causing death, Oxnard Police Department officials said. Jail records show Villa, who is described as a field worker, is being held in lieu of $5 million. ABC 7 in Los Angeles reported that Torralba’s bail was set at $1 million. >> Read more trending news  Oxnard police investigators said officers were called just before 8 a.m. Friday to St. John’s Medical Center, where they learned a newborn boy was in critical condition with serious injuries. The boy was found unresponsive and despite all medical efforts, he died of his injuries. Detectives from the department’s Family Protection Unit learned that Torralba and Villa strangled the newborn until he lost consciousness, police officials said. Oxnard police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide told ABC 7 that the couple, when questioned by detectives, admitted they did not want the baby. Both were arrested and charged in the boy’s death.

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  • President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed on Monday to a two-year budget plan which will increase spending in 2020 and 2021, and allow the national debt to go up for a two year period, while including little in the way of budget savings, continuing a trend of higher government spending and larger deficits under the Trump Administration. 'If this deal passes, President Trump will have increased discretionary spending by as much as 22 percent over his first term, and enshrine trillion-dollar deficits into law,' said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who labeled the deal a 'total abdication of fiscal responsibility.' The agreement includes only $77.4 billion in budget offsets to pay for an estimated $320 billion in extra spending over two years. While the President tweeted his support, joined by Congressional leaders in both parties, a handful of lawmakers said the deal made no sense, because it guaranteed more deficit spending. With the White House already forecasting deficits above $1 trillion for the next four years, this agreement would do nothing to ease that tide of red ink, which had dropped to $438 billion in 2015 - but has steadily increased over the past three years. 'With more than $22 trillion in debt, we simply cannot afford deals like this one,' said Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee. 'It’s not too late to reject the Pelosi-Mnuchin spending deal and strike a better deal for all Americans that cuts spending,' argued Jessica Anderson, a former Trump budget official. But those voices have faded into the wilderness in recent years in the GOP, as deficits have steadily increased under President Trump. “It’s pretty clear that both houses of Congress and both parties have become big spenders, and Congress is no longer concerned about the extent of the budget deficits or the debt they add,” said the Club For Growth, which has seen its influence on Capitol Hill dwindle in recent years.