Government shuts down after Sen. Paul blocks vote on budget deal

Government shuts down after Sen. Paul blocks vote on budget deal

Government shuts down after Sen. Paul blocks vote on budget deal

Members of the House voted early Friday morning, ending an overnight shutdown of the government.

The 5:30 a.m. vote in the House followed a Senate vote at about 2 a.m.to pass the spending measures, including one funding the government until March 23.

Donald Trump has been criticised for fiscal irresponsibility and failing to deal effectively with Washington's obligations, although the USA president played little role in the Senate-crafted bill. A few hours later, racing the bill through procedures that normally take hours, the House passed the bill 240-186, with 67 Republicans and 119 Democrats opposed, and 167 Republicans and 73 Democrats in favor.

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.

The government temporarily closed after Congress failed to pass a government funding bill before a midnight deadline due to the objections of one senator, shutting down non-essential government services. Rand Paul, who took to the Senate floor to express his dissent to the budget plan while demanding a vote on an amendment to it that kept the strict spending caps in place. At 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, the government's funding ran out - leading to a another government shutdown.

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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.

The senator from Kentucky, recently recovered from injuries suffered in an assault by a neighbour in November, said the bill would "loot the Treasury".

The bipartisan budget deal would lift strict budget caps and pave the way for lawmakers to spend an extra $300 billion over the next two years on defense and domestic programs.

"Negotiations to start now!" he added Friday after he ended the shutdown, though Kelly has negotiated with bipartisan congressional leaders for weeks on a possible immigration solution.

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.

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In a fatalistic speech, Paul, a senator from Kentucky, fiercely accused his fellow Republicans of fiscal debauchery.

But when it comes time to vote, the House may face many of their own challenges, like conservatives opposing spending increases and democrats holding out for an immigration deal. "But I would say, really, primarily, this is coming from Congress. Leadership in Congress in both the House and Senate has chose to move forward". "To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration bill, do not".

The growth assumptions in Trump's budget were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Dreamers were shielded from deportation under the Obama-era programme called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca).

There was also $89.3 billion for hurricane aid, to help deal with damage in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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