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House Passes Budget Measure To End Government Shutdown

House Passes Budget Measure To End Government Shutdown

The Kentucky Republican, using charts to demonstrate myriad examples of wasteful government spending, acknowledged that he was unlikely to change the outcome of the measure in the Senate, where it was expected to pass.

But Republican Senator Rand Paul raised concerns about U.S. debt and repeatedly blocked a speedy vote on the bill, insisting the chamber vote on his amendment to set strict budget caps.

The bill sets up a two-year, $300 billion boost in spending on military and domestic programs. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for USA states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires previous year. But on the flip side, the bill contained a lot to make both parties happy: defense spending for Republicans, domestic spending for Democrats, a provision to suspend the debt limit until March 2019, and, crucially, a way to get the government running. Mrs. Pelosi said she wanted the same commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), who has said he would only bring a bill to the House floor that had Mr. Trump's support. "It ends the risky sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great".

The final vote was 240-186, with 167 Republicans and 73 Democrats voting for the legislation, while 67 Republicans and 119 Democrats voted against.

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.

"The reason I'm here tonight is to put people on the spot", Paul said.

The legislation funds the government through March 23 while lawmakers work on an appropriations bill with the levels set out by Congress. Congress will then have to pass appropriations legislation for the current fiscal year that ends September 30 and the following year.

The funding lapse may not last long.

But House Democrats' whip against the bipartisan budget deal was all over the place on Thursday. And then Rand Paul stepped in. Other Democrats followed suit.

After Congress passed the bill, it was sent to the White House. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday that it would cost about $320 billion.

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

The bill was passed in the Senate in a 71-28 vote just before 2 a.m. Friday after lawmakers missed the midnight deadline, triggering the shutdown. Rand Paul's move to block the Senate efforts to strike a bipartisan budget deal.

While Paul was labelled irresponsible by many, he was in fact expressing mounting concern within the Republican ranks about fiscal profligacy.

But the deficit spending in the bill will add more red ink to Washington's balance sheet and further underscore a shift in Republican thinking that Paul was trying to draw attention to. Some were pushing for the bill to pass to end the shutdown, but they were facing opposition from conservative Republicans who thought the bill was just too expensive.

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

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