House Passes Spending Bill Ending Overnight Government Shutdown


Paul's objection drew an angry response from a fellow Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who argued America's military desperately needs additional funds after years of budget caps that constrained both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

The deal had been expected to sail through the Senate, and the House had planned to vote on it later Thursday, until Paul took his stand.

"Republican majorities in the House and Senate have turned the process into an embarrassing spectacle, running from one crisis directly into the next", said Democratic Representative Nita Lowey prior to the House vote.

As midnight approached, Paul did not relent, bemoaning from the Senate floor what he saw as out-of-control government spending and repeatedly rebuffing attempts by his fellow senators to move ahead with a vote.

Ryan said Thursday that the House will pass the spending bill if Democrats support the measure as well.

And liberal stalwarts including top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi were also in revolt because the deal does nothing to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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The White House kept its distance from the quarreling on Capitol Hill.

The White House also will amend the budget plan to take into account the higher spending levels in the budget deal passed just before dawn on Friday, a senior official in the Office of Management and Budget said. But hurdles remain to avert the second shutdown in a month. It would fund the government through March 23, to give congressional staff the time to write bigger appropriations bills that would actually fund the federal government for the next two years, under the parameters laid out in the budget deal that Congress is about to pass at the same time. The deal found support in both parties largely because it has something for everyone - both the military spending Republicans wanted and the money for domestic programs Democrats sought.

But after months of stalled bipartisan immigration negotiations, and a clear lack of urgency from Republican leadership, Democrats are trying to hold House Speaker Paul Ryan's feet to the fire.

"I'm not advocating for shutting down the government".

"Now it's time for the House to do its job", Ryan said. Concerns over lack of movement on DACA is what triggered a three-day shutdown just weeks ago on January 20, as Senate Democrats objected to any bill without a legislative fix for DACA while the White House wanted other changes to immigration law in exchange for codifying DACA.

Republicans were sheepish about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits.

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That won over many Republicans but some were still furious over the $131 billion extra made available for non-military spending, including health and infrastructure.

Beyond $300 billion worth of record increases for the military and domestic programs, the agreement adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions. There is also $16bn to renew a slew of expired tax breaks that Congress seems unable to kill. "I don't think he's changed", she said, adding, "If he hasn't already been abusive with Hope, he will".

While the USA government's authority to spend some money would expire at midnight, there were not likely to be many clear immediate effects.

"We're in risky territory here", he said. Many lawmakers on both sides had issues with the deal as it was presented.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget "is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations", an OMB official said on condition of anonymity late Thursday, calling on lawmakers to get the measure to Trump's desk "without delay".

Almost $300 billion in new spending included in the bill approved on Friday will ensure the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019, said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a private fiscal policy watchdog group in Washington.

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