Bipartisan budget deal passes early morning Senate vote, moves to House


The measure narrowly passed in the House hours earlier, in a 240-186 vote, overcoming opposition from both conservative Republicans opposed to boosting federal spending and Democrats anxious its passage would diminish their leverage in the coming debate over immigration. After that, Congress will need to pass another funding bill, at the new spending levels, to prevent a shutdown and keep the government running. The House will not vote on the deal until the Senate approves it.

Mr Paul later tweeted "Tonight, you could feel the frustration and embarrassment growing in Congress as we exposed the hypocrisy of Republicans who are joining in an unholy alliance and spending free-for-all with Democrats at the expense of the American people and our party's supposed principles". First time this has happened in a long time.

Trump said last September he would end by March 5 a program set up by former Democratic President Barack Obama to protect the Dreamers from deportation, and urged Congress to act before then. Prior to that 71 senators voted in favor of the bill and 28 opposed it, hours after the government shut down at midnight on Thursday when the budget funding expired.

The accord was announced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. But on Thursday, three of the four top congressional leaders took note of a rare moment of bipartisanship since Mr. Trump took office.

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The bill includes $300 billion additional spending on the military and domestic agencies.

"We will solve this DACA problem", Ryan said just before the vote.

The latest deal would raise spending caps by about $300bn (£215bn) - something which Senator Paul insisted he could not support.

Voting in the House is now underway.

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It passed through the Senate around 2 a.m. following a lengthy filibuster from Sen.

But the accord exposed growing tensions in both parties, pushing forward longstanding disputes over deficit spending and immigration ahead of a midterm election when voter attitudes toward President Trump will loom large over many races. He said electing more Republicans would be necessary to controlling non-defense costs, and he said the debate over DACA will kick off now that the funding agreement is passed.

Paul voted for the deficit-financed tax bill in December. I can' good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits.

In a follow-up tweet, the president expressed misgivings with some aspects of the bill that the government was pushed to add in exchange for Democrat votes in congress.

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Earlier, Paul, a Republican, delayed the passage of the bill as he was unhappy with the huge increases in spending that the deal would entail. They often require bipartisan support in the House as well.