President signs massive budget deal following government shutdown

Congressional leaders scramble for votes on budget deal

Congressional leaders scramble for votes on budget deal

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosts spending and swells the federal deficit, ending a brief federal government shutdown that happened while most Americans were sleeping and most government offices were closed, anyway.

A 71-28 Senate vote was followed almost four hours later by a vote in the House, which passed the deal 240-186, just after 5:30 a.m. ET.

Sen. Rand Paul delayed a vote on the Senate's massive spending deal, pushing the government to shutdown on Friday morning.

But Paul doesn't deserve the lion's share of the responsibility for the eventual shutdown, which lasted for a short time overnight before the final two-year budget resolution passed both House and Senate in the early morning.

But Paul refused to yield and allow an early vote, forcing a shutdown while highlighting his policy priorities about excessive government spending. With the expiration deadline just three weeks away for the Obama-era program that allows young immigrants living in the USA illegally who were brought to the country as children to remain there, Democrats ultimately did what they earlier said they wouldn't: vote for a long-term budget deal that does not provide a solution for the "Dreamers".

Paul, however, voted in favor of President Trump's tax reform, which is projected to increase the deficit by at least $1 trillion.

It incorporates the major budget deal reached between Senate leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

"I took this position because I was quite critical of President Obama's one trillion dollar deficit", he said.

That won over many Republicans but some were still furious over the $131 billion extra made available for non-military spending, including health and infrastructure.

Passage of the measure came over the opposition of Democratic leaders who demanded the promise of a vote to protect "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he supports the bill and says we are risking the military with not having the funding.

In the House, many Democrats remain dubious because the bill does not offer relief to Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, who were protected from deportation by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump rescinded a year ago.

The debt hike, in particular, is giving conservatives "heartburn", said Rep.

However, the government is shut down because they missed the midnight deadline, but opened back up again shortly before 6 a.m.

Ryan, who needed Democratic votes to pass the budget deal, promised to bring a bill forward, but his assurances were too vague to satisfy Democrats. Under Senate rules, lawmakers had to wait an "intervening day" before they could vote on that procedural motion, unless they got an agreement from all 100 senators to speed up the clock.

The bill also provides $90 billion for disaster relief following the extreme hurricanes and wildfires this past year.

Republican Representative Kristi Noem told Reuters she voted against the bill because it raises non-defence spending and extends the federal borrowing authority. "I think it's an important enough thing that we should have a discussion over".

To permit the spending, the deal would also raise the limit on how much debt the government can acquire until March 2019. "We will solve this DACA problem", he said.

Democrats did manage to get $6 billion in funding to deal with the opioid crisis and drug addiction, one of their key demands, and the package includes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure fix and improvement.

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