Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

House passes budget bill to reopen government after brief shutdown

House passes budget bill to reopen government after brief shutdown

Paul took the floor to blast the increase in federal spending limits and said he would not allow the Republican-controlled Senate to hold a quick vote.

The bill went on to pass through the House around 5:30 a.m.by a count of 240 to 186.

President Donald Trump signed the deal into law later Friday morning. "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"

But then a few Democrats began to signal their caucus to put their votes in with time ticking down, and the chamber grew quiet as the no votes and yes votes began pouring in.

The Trump administration is preparing for the second federal government shutdown in as many months. Trump tweeted after signing the legislation.

Democrats also experienced divisions, largely on account of liberals upset the measure was not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants, brought into the country illegally as children. The legislation has passed the Senate but now faces a tough battle in the House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, acknowledged the perversity of the "entirely needless" shutdown, which may enter the history books as just a blip but speaks volumes about the political gridlock that defines Washington. Democrats intensified their efforts to communicate they would hold firm in an effort to pressure Republicans to offer a commitment for a floor vote on immigration.

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The House vote followed Senate approval of the budget pact that was initially delayed by a protest from Sen.

The House Freedom Caucus, the chamber's fiscally conservative wing, also opposed the bill out of concerns that it would lead to more government spending. Trump did not tweet on the issue Thursday and aides did not try to assign blame. John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate's No. 2 Republican.

Sen. Paul's tactics infuriated some members of his own party. This time it was a Republican's turn to throw a wrench in the works. But Paul, the resident contrarian, repelled suggestions to stand aside.

"I didn't come up here to be part of somebody's club". The budget agreement is married to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to keep the government operating and to provide time to implement the budget pact. Fifteen other Republicans joined Paul in voting against the bill, many expressing similar objections about the increased deficit spending. Both sides pressed for $89 billion for disaster relief, extending a host of health care provisions, and extending a slew of smaller tax breaks.

The agreement would increase the government's borrowing limit to prevent a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks.

The proposal would raise the U.S. debt ceiling until March 2019. "We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign".

The shutdown was essentially guaranteed an hour before the deadline, when the Senate voted for a recess until 00:01.

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The deal contains far more money demanded by Democrats than had seemed possible only weeks ago.

The deal, negotiated by congressional leaders and unveiled late Wednesday evening, infuriated conservatives who objected to the plumped-up domestic spending, and the last-minute, dark-of-night deal. "And they were a 'no.' And at the end her team broke". But many Democrats backed the spending measure without that assurance.

During the meeting Thursday night, Pelosi made a strong case to vote against the bill, lawmakers who attended the meeting said. "We're trying to work with him to help get that done".

Republicans, too, had their disappointments.

The shutdown came just weeks after Democrats and a handful of Republicans, including Paul, refused to support the last continuing resolution, causing a shutdown that lasted a weekend. But they pointed to money they have long sought for the Pentagon, which they say needs huge sums for readiness, training and weapons modernization.

It increases domestic spending by $131 billion and defense spending by $165 billion over the next two years, provide almost $90 billion in disaster aid and suspend the debt limit for one year - until well after the midterm elections. Even some of Paul's fellow fiscal conservatives, like Sen. "To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration bill, do not".

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