US Senate approves budget deal, too late to avert shutdown

After he signed the budget plan into law Friday, Trump tweeted that, "fortunately, DACA [is] not included in this bill".

The budget deal would boost military and domestic spending by $300 billion over two years, lift the debt ceiling until March 2019, and provide $90 billion in funding for disaster aid, the opioid crisis and other programs.

"We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign".

Given Paul's objections and the Senate rules, there is a good chance that the federal government will enter into a shutdown after midnight.

"It's been an terrible long night, and it didn't need to be", said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), as the House ended the shutdown just after 5:30 am, voting 240-186 to approve a two-year budget deal.

Trump signed the legislation early Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to the Capitol as the Senate continues work on ending the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2018.

"I'm not advocating for shutting down the government", Paul said. "I think with Rand drawing attention to this, there's more no's on the Republican side in the House than there were before", Massie said.

He also remarked on how Republicans struggled to wrangle their party for votes, requiring them to compromise with Democrats.

But House Democrats' whip against the bipartisan budget deal was all over the place on Thursday. The bill was expected to pass, but vote counts remained unclear Friday morning.

House GOP leaders 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.

"We ought to have a debate on this", said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA).

Conservatives, including the hard-right Freedom Caucus, were deeply opposed to the deficit spending in the bill.

"I could give a raise to every soldier out there if we just come home from Afghanistan", Paul said.

"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?" And the second, of course, is that Rand happily voted for a tax bill last December that is expected to blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit.

"This is the most important debate we will have in the year over spending, and no amendments are allowed", Paul said.

The bill faced similar opposition in the House from fiscal conservatives who saw it as a broken promise to their base. Republicans want to lay out extra funds for the military, and Democrats are eager to put more into discretionary domestic programs.

People in both chambers prattled on to TV news political pundits about support for the far-reaching budget deal Paul was holding hostage on the Senate floor. He predicted Ryan would lose 60 to 70 Republican votes when the budget deal comes to the House floor.

Democrats also experienced internal divisions, with liberals upset the measures were not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants, who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Democrats blocked a stopgap spending bill in January, triggering a three-day partial federal government shutdown, in part to protest Congress' inaction on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that Trump ended previous year and is now set to expire March 5.

  • Leroy Wright