The US government shuts down for the second time in 2018


USA politicians have passed a bipartisan budget agreement, ending the second government shutdown in as many months.

Bosma said House Republicans' top priority is House Bill 1001, a bill that would increase funding to account for rising enrollment at public schools. Those conservatives were mainly angry about non-military spending increases.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday announced a "bipartisan agreement" between Republicans and Democrats on a two-year budget deal just two days before the deadline for another government shutdown.

The deal, the fifth temporary government funding measure for the fiscal year that began October 1, replenishes federal coffers until March 23, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis takes questions during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington Wednesday Feb. 7 2018

However, despite the early morning vote, the government still was not able to avoid a brief shutdown overnight.

Paul objected to the fact that deal would result in a significant increase in the federal budget deficit without any corresponding cuts to spending.

With America back on track with $1 trillion a year budget deficits, it's unsurprising that President Trump made no mention of the national debt or the budget in his State of the Union address. Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (R-Ky.) held up the vote.

"I can't in all good honesty and all good faith just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", he said. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for US states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires previous year. There were 73 Democrats who voted for the legislation and 67 Republicans who voted against. "I want people to feel uncomfortable" voting in favor of big deficits, he said.

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But Trump is expected to unveil on February 12 a fiscal 2019 budget plan that will be based on rosy assumptions, including economic growth of 3.2% next year, a White House official said.

As the clock hit midnight, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney immediately issued an order to close non-essential government operations.

The short shutdown on Friday morning was the second shutdown that has occurred during President Donald Trump's presidency.

Friday's shutdown lasted just a few hours, while an earlier partial government shutdown in January was resolved after a three-day standoff, Efe reported. Really who is to blame?

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However, House GOP leaders said they were confident they had shored up support among conservatives for the measure, which would shower the Pentagon with money but add hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation's $20 trillion-plus debt.

Paul used his clout as a senator to deny the unanimous consent needed for a speedy vote to protest $300bn in deficit-financed spending in a two-year bipartisan budget agreement.

The deal provides funding for several healthcare programs, but doesn't include language to protect so-called dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the country by their parents without proper documentation. "We will solve this DACA problem", he said. Exhausted-looking lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed frustration with the junior senator from Kentucky's stunt, telling reporters Paul's actions were "irresponsible".

Several key Democrats oppose the Senate deal including the #House Freedom Caucus because they say it would lead to more government spending.

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