Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, boost USA spending


He came away with little to show for it save a brief, post-midnight shutdown of the federal government as it busted through another self-imposed deadline.

Trump says, "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want" to help the USA military.

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

The budget measure, H.R. 1892, will temporarily finance the government at current levels through March 23 while lawmakers fill in the details on longer-term spending, which includes raising the caps on defense spending by $80 billion over current law in this fiscal year and $85 billion in the one that begins October 1.

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The Senate also approved the measure earlier on Friday morning. He said he could not "look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

The house voted 240-186 to approve the bill just before dawn, hours after the senate had approved the measure on a 71-28 vote.

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", he said.

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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She added the Pentagon was happy with the fact that the Russian military hadn't attacked the US-led coalition. Inherent Resolve is in Syria and Iraq with an explicit objective to defeat ISIS, not to fight Assad's forces.

Mulvaney told federal agencies they should execute their contingency plans and instructed federal employees to report to work Friday to "undertake orderly shutdown activities".

Still, it represented a bitter defeat for Democrats who followed a risky strategy to use the party's leverage on the budget to address immigration and ended up scalded by last month's three-day government shutdown.

The new budget bill would raise military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years. Really who is to blame?

"Democrats have fought hard but, in the end, many opted to say yes to other priorities and leave Dreamers behind", said Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigration America's Voice. "It was very disappointing", she said.

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Investigators connected Lopez to the case through more than 100 text messages the two exchanged on the night she died. Lopez, the man accused of killing Bollinger, had not known her for very long, McIntosh said at the news conference.

The young people were brought illegally to the country as children years ago, mostly from Mexico. "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS", Trump said in a tweet.

Trump urged Congress to act before then. Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., set next Monday as the start of a free-wheeling immigration battle, a debate he promised when Democrats agreed to vote to reopen the government last month. Jeff Flake, "The problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money". "I think we will", he said in a radio interview.

But Pelosi said Ryan's words fell short, accusing him of not having "the courage to lift the shadow of fear from the lives of" Dreamers who face the prospect of deportation.

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