US President signs major budget bill


President Donald Trump signed a $400 billion budget deal Friday that ended an hours-long government shutdown.

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

The debate in the upper house of Congress over a bipartisan budget deal that will unlock funding for federal agencies is scheduled to restart at 12:01 a.m., according to a message on the Senate website.

Despite the approval of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, who said that the budget agreement "would break the long cycle of spending crisis", some Democrats have complained that the bill does not address the issue of immigration.

Trump announced the signing on his Twitter account, hailing the bill's passage in the early hours of Friday as a boost for the United States military and "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"

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"Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military", the president tweeted. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money". "Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now!"

The Republican Party was once known for fiscal conservatism, but congressional Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the USA budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.

The failure to pass a budget bill on time has become a familiar sight in Washington.

It incorporates the major budget deal reached between Senate leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

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

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"I want people to feel uncomfortable, I want them to respond to people who say: How is it that you were against President Obama's deficits and are now in favor of Republican deficits?"

It wasn't Paul, after all, who brought the government to the brink of shutdown by stalling for weeks and waiting until the final hours before coming up with a potential compromise.

The legislation stalled in the Senate Thursday night, missing the midnight deadline when Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky refused to vote on time because he wanted to reverse spending increases.

Paul voted for the deficit-financed tax bill in December. It also suspends the debt the limit for one year.

Those two words infuriated and exasperated his Republican colleagues and thrilled his conservative supporters.

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"We have a 700-page bill that no one has read, that was printed at midnight", Paul noted as the clocked ticked closer to the end of the day. Sure, people had their issues with the thing-House conservatives like Mark Sanford hated the $300 billion price tag; House Democrats like Nancy Pelosi wanted a commitment from Paul Ryan that he would hold a vote on DACA legislation; and market experts were (and are!) deeply anxious that increasing deficits will further freak out investors. The bill comes after Congress supported the bipartisan budget deal that works to give billions of federal dollars to the military, disaster relief, and domestic programs.