House approves bipartisan budget deal, ending brief government shutdown


House approves bipartisan budget deal, ending brief government shutdown

The House eventually voted to approve the bill at 5.30am by a margin of 240 to 186. But Friday's episode was less about strategy and more about aimless drift.

Thursday, she whispered to her minions not to telegraph where their votes are on this bill, CNN reported. But Democrats also had their divisions and wrangling, largely with liberal upset the measure were not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants. Meanwhile it will also be challenged by House Republican fiscal conservatives who oppose any increases for non-defense spending and increases in the nation's debt and fiscal deficit. Paul noted that he and many in his party railed against deficit when Democrats held the White House, but now seemed willing to look the other way with Republicans in control.

That's the situation facing legislators, who will reconvene and work through the night in hopes of hammering out a compromise on a funding deal.

After that point, the Senate quickly moved to vote on a motion to bypass a filibuster, which easily passed, and the final vote began.

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But Senate leaders won a motion to take up the bill at 1:00 a.m. and then voted 71 to 28 in favor of the budget deal, which includes a six-week temporary funding bill that will keep the government operating until March 23 to provide time to implement the full budget pact.

The process would allow the measure that receives the most votes above the required simple-majority threshold to prevail as the House-passed product.

The Trump administration signaled it expected the shutdown to be short, calling it a "lapse".

That part of the overall package was a bipartisan attempt by Senate leaders to end for many months, at least beyond November's midterm congressional elections, the fiscal policy quarrels that increasingly consume Congress.

Sen. Rand Paul did not share the urgency. But Paul, the resident contrarian, repelled suggestions to stand aside.

As for Paul, he's quoted as saying, "I think the country's worth a debate until 3 in the morning, frankly".

No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL, a leader in the immigration fight, said the budget pact "opens the door" for Senate votes on protecting the young immigrants.

While speaking against the Senate bill, Paul railed against the procedure in which it was taken onto the floor-he lamented the last-second nature of the bill-and criticized a lack of discussion regarding amendments being added to it. Paul wanted to add an amendment to the bill that would set budget caps to the spending bill. Even better, the deal would suspend the debt limit until March 2019, putting off another hairy deadline.

Senate leaders had celebrated the budget deal as a sign they had left behind some of their chronic dysfunction.

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.

Senate Democrats had no appetite for another shutdown.

The Washington Post puts the figure at half a trillion dollars.

"She negotiated the deal".

"You haven't convinced 60 or 52 senators that your idea is good enough to support", Tillis said.

Democrats won what they have been looking for since 2011-an end to the painful cap on domestic spending.

Pelosi continued to press Ryan for a promise to bring an immigration measure sponsored by Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Pete Aguilar, D-Texas, up for a vote.

The budget bill would not replace a lapsed immigration programme known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that afforded some 800,000 young immigrants protection from deportation and work permits.

The budget deal is supposed to help with the opioid crisis, military strength, infrastructure, and veteran care.

He sent a successive tweet to try to deflect attention from the massive spending increases he signed into law that he and Republicans railed against during former President Barack Obama's time in office.

Paul is protesting that the bill would usher in the return of trillion-dollar budget deficits. But they pointed to money they have long sought for the Pentagon, which they say needs huge sums for readiness, training and weapons modernization.

"I don't know why we are basically burning time here", Mr Cornyn said. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for USA states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires a year ago.



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