USA federal shutdown at hand after fiscal hawk's dissent

USA federal shutdown at hand after fiscal hawk's dissent

USA federal shutdown at hand after fiscal hawk's dissent

But it was so last-minute that they weren't able to vote on it until technically after the midnight deadline, when funding expired for much of the government.

Later senators voted 71-28 to approve the deal, easily overcoming objections from fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.

However, despite the early morning vote, the government still was not able to avoid a brief shutdown overnight. In addition to the six-week extension of government funding, it would raise spending by roughly $320 billion, providing $80 billion above the spending caps for defense and $63 billion for non-defense for this year, and another $85 billion more for defense and $68 billion more for non-defense for the next fiscal year.

And on Thursday afternoon, the White House reported that it was preparing for a closure of the federal agencies, which in principle is no longer necessary.

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The Senate has passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government.

The legislation doesn't address immigration, though Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said again Thursday he was determined to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year, albeit only one that has President Donald Trump's blessing.

"Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military", he said. The spending bill ultimately passed the House with a 240-186, bipartisan vote. He complained the new budget accord would drive up federal deficits - but didn't mention that he backed a $1.5 trillion tax bill in December that added red ink that was multiples larger than this week's spending agreement.

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. To not accept just anything because it comes from a GOP Congress", Paul concluded.

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A band of tea party Republicans swung against the piece of legislation as well, repelled by its spiraling spending levels. Congress has until Thursday to pass a deal to fund the government or face another government shutdown .

Mr Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. Her vote came after she spoke on the House floor for eight hours Wednesday, reading story after emotional story about DREAMers who aspire to become USA citizens.

In the Senate, McConnell followed up on his pledge to Democrats by putting the process in motion early Friday for a 5:30 p.m. vote Monday on a bill that is basically blank so the chamber can start debating and voting on amendments. Then, Kelly told the New York Democrat that his proposals were too liberal for Republicans.

"We're in risky territory here", Schumer said, noting that Paul was flirting with a politically damaging government shutdown.

The Democrats who voted "no", including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were taking a stand for so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants brought to children who are facing the prospect of deportation without legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. At 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, the government's funding ran out - leading to a another government shutdown. Kentucky's Rand Paul objected to the budget deal because it increases the deficit.

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It also suspends the federal debt ceiling through March 1, 2019. The deal found support in both parties largely because it has something for everyone - both the military spending Republicans wanted and the money for domestic programs Democrats sought.

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