March 24, 2018

Senate votes to reopen government, passes budget deal. Next stop: the House

10 February 2018, 09:27 | Christie Tate



The Senate and the House had given Thursday's complete focus to the two-year budget deal to prevent the shutdown.

The measure, which is backed by US President Donald Trump, did not include any spending cuts or new tax revenues.

House Republican leaders on Thursday had offered assurances that the package would be approved, but so did Senate leaders and the critical midnight deadline, when current government funding authority expired, was still missed.

The Senate passed a massive, bipartisan deal early Friday morning, that could end a brief government shutdown before most realities of the shutdown actually set in.

Ryan so far has resisted, saying he will only bring up a bill that Trump supports.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to the Capitol as the Senate continues work on ending the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2018.

But the opposition of several legislators, and especially that of Republican Senator Rand Paul, caused the new budget to be approved only after midnight, which technically left the government without resources.

"I want people to feel uncomfortable" voting in favor of big deficits, Paul said.

The Republican Party was once known for fiscal conservatism, but congressional Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the USA budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.

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Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington upon arrival from a round of golf with President Donald Trump, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Washington.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer warned that the delay put lawmakers "in risky territory", and a number of fellow Republicans including Senator John Cornyn confronted Paul in the chamber about his strategy. The legislation has passed the Senate but now faces a tough battle in the House.

"We ought to have a debate on this", said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA). Both expressed concerns about increased spending and how the spending plan would affect the national debt.

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Democratic and Republican Senate leaders cobbled together the budget deal on Wednesday. That won over many Republicans, but some were furious over the $131 billion extra allocated for non-military spending, including health and infrastructure. "I want them to have to answer people at home who said, "How come you were against President Obama " s deficits and then how come you're for Republican deficits?' " His colleagues did not respond with a standing ovation. He predicted Ryan would lose 60 to 70 Republican votes when the budget deal comes to the House floor.

Pelosi has faced huge pressure from immigration activists and progressive lawmakers in her caucus to take a hardline for Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who could lose protections from deportation under a program that Donald Trump has rescinded.

The bill now moves to the House.

The plan leaves unaddressed the status of almost 800,000 recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and other "Dreamers", immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. The bill McConnell chose was unrelated to immigration, after he had said he planned to use a separate bill for the debate. But Trump ended the program last September, setting March 5 as a deadline for resolving the issue.

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