Senate stumbles into shutdown, as Rand Paul blocks vote

Senate rules only allowed the Kentucky Republican to block a vote until after 1am on Friday morning.

Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE on Friday expressed displeasure with the government funding bill just moments after he signed the bill into law ending a brief federal shutdown.

The Senate's approval of the budget and stopgap funding package, by a vote of 71-28, meant it will go next to the House of Representatives, where lawmakers were divided along party lines and passage was uncertain.

"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way just because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

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.

The budget bill raises military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.

"I urge Speaker Ryan to the Floor a one-day funding bill to keep the government open", Hoyer said in a statement. Three weeks ago, Senate Democrats dug in and chose to use a deadline to try to force Republicans to work with them on a deal for "Dreamer" immigrants, whose protections from deportation are due to expire in March.

House leaders told members to expect a vote on the bill some time between 3 and 6 a.m. ET. Essential staff would continue to work Friday morning regardless. The House rushed to approve its version, wrapping up the vote just after 5:30 a.m. President Donald Trump promised to sign the bill as soon as it reached his desk. The White House said in a statement that he will sign it into law, which would extend government funding through March 23.

It also extends the USA government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.


It also extends the U.S. government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.

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

Once known as the party of fiscal conservatives, the Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the USA budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.

Both Democrats and conservatives in the House expressed reservations, with Democrats arguing they didn't want to support the bill without assurances the House would work on a permanent legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program - the Obama-era initiative that shielded from deportation foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors. "Her team was in on it", said top GOP vote counter Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

The measure does not include anything about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, which protects from deportation numerous almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents as children.

But the House won't vote for DACA?

"It provides what the Pentagon needs to restore our military's edge for years to come", said Ryan.

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

"We will solve this DACA problem", Ryan said just before the vote.


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