Brief shutdown coming as Senate debate stalls

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, among the most prominent hawks in Congress, mocked Paul on Twitter for the call to withdraw from Afghanistan, saying that would not be a good idea.

The federal government two-year funding bill was criticized earlier by Republican Sen. 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.

According to the framework in place [VIDEO], the budget deal would increased military and non-defense spending by a projected amount of $300 billion over the next two years, in addition to adding over $80 billion for disaster relief aid. Members of the House have been warned about the possibility of having to vote on what the Senate passes between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Over the past several months, congressional leaders have been negotiating a deal that would raise spending caps for the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, and the next one for both defense and non-defense programs.

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The Trump administration could offer guidance suggesting that agencies not furlough workers because a bill is expected shortly, but any hiccup in the timing could send the government into a hard shutdown.

Congress is aiming to prevent a government shutdown on Friday by passing a new spending bill by Thursday at midnight.

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"A country can not go on forever spending money this way", Paul said on the Senate floor. Trump's fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress. "I feel very good about Republicans".

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Dreamers are facing an impending deadline of March 5, , after which the program's protections end, and there was expectation the budget bill would address their status.

Most Democrats opposed the measure, following the lead of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who tried but failed to use the moment to secure a promise for a separate vote on immigration.

The McConnell-Schumer deal does not include language about immigration or DACA, but McConnell has committed to a floor debate on immigration in the Senate.

The agreement aims to lift the debt ceiling through March 2019 and extend the Children's Health Insurance Program by another four years.

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Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said "it looked like he was clueless" while Republican Senator John Thune called the shutdown "a colossal waste of time".

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