Senate & House Vote To End Government Shutdown


A brief USA government shutdown ended on Friday after Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone. On Wednesday night, the conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its opposition to the bill, saying that "growing the size of government by 13 percent is not what the voters sent us here to do".

In addition to the spending increases, the legislation makes structural reform to Medicare and makes cuts to Obamacare and eliminates the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board.

Trump, who said earlier this week he would "love" a government shutdown, was expected to sign the measure into law.

While the spending bill's funding for the Pentagon has delighted the national security wing of the party, fiscal conservatives are up in arms about ramifications for the nation's debt. Many Senate Dems took issue with the divorcing of the immigration debate from the budget negotiations as well, noting it as a major point of leverage. Sen.

The bill, which includes a far-reaching agreement that increases spending limits for the next two years and raises the federal debt ceiling until March 2019, would break the cycle of government funding crises in time for what is set to be a bruising campaign for November's mid-term elections.

"Our Military will now be stronger than ever before", Trump said in a tweet, that added, "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!" "Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill!"

None of the added spending will be offset by budget savings elsewhere or revenue increases, relying instead on government borrowing. It would raise military and domestic spending by almost $300 billion (€250 billion) over two years.

Earlier Friday morning, the White House told reporters that the President would sign the legislation, but did not provide guidance on exactly when that would be.

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Once the time on Paul's objection ran out, and after the government technically was shut down, senators strolled back into the chamber at 1 a.m., many of them dressed casually and some looking exhausted. Inflation concerns and rising rates are blamed for the selloff, but some analysts have noted equities were due for a pullback after gains in January and past year.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opposed to a move for quick action, and a subsequent floor speech from the Kentucky Republican made it impossible for the Senate to vote on the bill before the current continuing resolution funding the government expires at midnight. Paul had harsh words for his own party. The Kentucky Republican said: "We have Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits". Really who is to blame?

"If you were against President Obama's deficits, and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?". Defense spending would increase by $80 billion.

These young adults were brought illegally to the country as children years ago, mostly from Mexico.

It was a valid concern after Pelosi spoke for just over eight hours about the plight of the Dreamers and the need to install permanent DACA protections after Trump ended the Obama-era program last September.

Flake said he's working on one proposal that would ease parts of the immigration plan Trump unveiled last month.

"We ought to have a debate on this", said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA).

"This bipartisan budget agreement is far from flawless, but it represents an important step forward in breaking the gridlock that has paralyzed Congress for far too long and hurt the American people", said a statement from Niles-area Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan.