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Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown

10 February 2018

In the end, 73 Democrats voted in favour of the bill in the House, while 67 Republicans opposed it. Those conservatives were mainly angry about non-military spending increases.

Though the shutdown only lasted approximately five-and-a-half hours following the House of Representatives and US President Donald Trump's vote, one can imagine many federal employees were a little ticked off to be teased with a Friday off, only to be told early in the morning that it was business as usual in America.

While the legislation sets out broad budget numbers for the next two fiscal years, lawmakers face yet another deadline on March 23 - giving congressional appropriators time to write a detailed bill doling out funding to government agencies. It will also suspend the government's borrowing limit through March 1, 2019.

"If you were against President Obama's deficits and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he said, adding later, "Are we to be conservative all the time or only when we're in the minority?" Combined with the lower tax revenues from those cuts, raising the debt ceiling and the increased spending, economists are concerned the federal deficit will break the $1 trillion barrier sometime during the next fiscal year.

Senate leadership aides say they think they could get the continuing resolution over the Senate about an hour after the House votes - which means the earliest the House could vote is between 3 and 5 a.m. Lawmakers still need to work out a bipartisan spending plan covering the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30. "I want to thank my friend the Democratic Leader for joining me this afternoon, and for the productive discussions that generated this proposal". Rand Paul, R-Ky., delayed the vote on the bipartisan measure to rail against his fellow Republicans for acquiescing to more spending than they ever did under President Barack Obama.

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said. "Let the chips fall where they may", she said.

But it does not include any solution for the so-called "Dreamers", hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants who were brought to the United States as children.

He also reiterated his call for voters to elect more Republicans to avoid that down the road. In January, after a three-day closure, Senate Democrats secured from GOP leaders the promise of a debate and vote on a deal to protect the younger immigrants from deportation. Republican defense hawks get more funds for the military, while Democrats get extra money for domestic priorities like combating opioid addiction, the National Institutes of Health budget and community health centers.

Paul was seeking a vote on reversing spending increases and refused to speed things up when he was denied. It was not immediately clear if the Democrats extracted a firmer commitment from Ryan on the issue in exchange for their votes to end the shutdown.

Republican leaders said earlier Thursday that Paul wants a vote on an amendment critical of the overall agreement, but they can not give him the vote even if they wanted to do so because it requires consent from all senators.

In Washington's latest display of governance by brinkmanship, the bipartisan accord bolstering military and domestic programs and deepening federal deficits crossed the finish line just before dawn - but not before the government shut down overnight. "I can't in all honesty look the other way". "We will solve this DACA problem", he said.

Because of the lack or protection for the "Dreamers", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she will not vote in favor of the budget bill.

Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown