Rand Paul's Ego Shut the Government Down Last Night

The Latest: Trump's new budget already outdated

The Latest: Trump's new budget already outdated

But both of Louisiana's US senators cast votes against the package, decrying the deficit-boosting two-year agreement as reckless spending.

Republicans were sheepish about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits.

White House officials say the trip's diplomatic and national security aims - which revolve around highlighting North Korea's human rights abuses and nuclear program - meet the criteria for critical spending during a lapse in federal funding.

A 71-28 Senate vote was followed almost four hours later by a vote in the House, which passed the deal 240-186, just after 5:30 a.m. ET.

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.

McConnell said the deal includes increases of nearly $300 billion for defence spending and domestic programs, $80 billion-plus in disaster relief and raises the debt ceiling.

An angry Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) accused Paul of playing games as the federal government lurched closer to running out of funding for the second time in three weeks. The House will likely immediately take up the Senate's bill. Essential staff would continue to work Friday morning regardless.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said President Donald Trump "says he will sign" the legislation.

If the measure passes in the wee hours of the morning, the government would open in the morning on schedule, said John Czwartacki, spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget, the agency responsible for coordinating any shutdown.

In Washington's latest display of governance by brinkmanship, the bipartisan accord bolstering military and domestic programs and deepening federal deficits crossed the finish line just before dawn - but not before the government shut down overnight.


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.

"We knew that Minority Leader [Nancy] Pelosi was still trying to hold out for something that she was never going to get". Senate Democrats sparked a three-day partial government shutdown last month by filibustering a spending bill, seeking relief for "Dreamer" immigrants who've lived in the country illegally since they were children.

On the Senate floor, McConnell attempted to move forward with the vote via a parliamentary procedure but was rebuffed by Paul.

Paul opposed the budget package, saying it will further add debt and fiscal deficit to the government.

"He needs us", she said.

President Trump in September said he would end an Obama-era program that granted legal status and work permits to the DREAMers, who could be subject to deportation as early as March 5.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said in a February 6 statement he thought House Republicans' priorities made great progress, especially on issues such as increased funding for K-12 schools, a strengthened workforce, the opioid epidemic and increased government efficiency.

"My commitment to working together on an immigration measure that we can make law is a honest commitment", Ryan said.

"I see Republicans producing a bigger number than we have on big agreements traditionally, especially since 2010 taking the majority", McHenry said.

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