Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, increase United States spending

Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, increase United States spending

Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, increase United States spending

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.

The US government staggered into another shutdown on Thursday night after an outspoken fiscal conservative in the Senate singlehandedly delayed action by Congress on a stopgap funding bill wrapped up in a massive budget deal.

The result: the government endured a short-term shutdown in the wee hours of the morning, though most would never feel its effects.

The House voted 240-186 to approve the bill just before dawn Eastern time, hours after the Senate approved the measure 71-28, with some of Congress' most conservative and liberal lawmakers voting no. Trump signed it as business hours began, and he couldn't resist a dig.

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The budget accord got delayed in the Senate past the midnight deadline despite a strong endorsement from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY and backing from Trump. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for U.S. states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires past year.

Congress had missed a midnight deadline when a conservative senator refused to allow an early vote on the compromise bill, but now a signature by Trump, who supports the deal, will reopen government offices. Markets barely flinched at the last shutdown in January, but that was before a selloff that started on Jan. 30 amid concerns about inflation and higher interest rates. Paul had harsh words for his own party.

The Senate also approved the measure earlier on Friday morning.

Representative Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat, urged his party to kill the spending bill unless it also protected young immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children and have been shielded under the soon-to-end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "I can't in all honesty look the other way".

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Republicans are pinning their long-term hopes on their $1.5 trillion tax cut, which they say eventually will stimulate enough economic growth to help reduce the deficit. The spending bill provides a two year increase in domestic and military spending, abandoning budget caps which have ruled appropriations since 2013. "It was very disappointing", she said.

Passage of the measure came over the opposition of Democratic leaders who demanded the promise of a vote to protect "Dreamer" immigrants.

These young adults were brought illegally to the country as children, mostly from Mexico. Senate Republicans have promised to hold a separate debate on immigration this month. "So if we can negotiate a deal like I think we've gotten that essentially meets every other one of our priorities then I think that's where a lot of the Democrats are". "We will solve this DACA problem".

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