US Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown

McConnell officially tees up immigration debate next week

McConnell officially tees up immigration debate next week

The Senate took a key procedural step Thursday just after noon in which the House bill passed earlier this week failed to gather the 60 votes it needed to advance.

The agreement would give the Pentagon an $80 billion increase for the current budget year for core defense programs, a 14 percent increase over current limits and $26 billion more than Trump's budget request. She says it should be "bipartisan, transparent and unifying".

Angered at the huge spending increases at the center of the deal, Paul delayed the vote for hours with a demand to hold a vote on an amendment.

The deal brokered by Senate leaders would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years.

A second official said White House employees were expected to come to work as usual.

Senate leaders had celebrated the budget deal as a sign they had left behind some of their chronic dysfunction.

"We have reached the budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of", Schumer said.

The measure was a win for Republican allies of the Pentagon and for Democrats seeking more for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid abuse.

Mr. Paul said he wanted more time to debate the bill's impact on the federal budget deficit. "Right now, we are being called upon to protect them from deportation and we must answer that call", Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of IL said.


Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said the overall budget bill that includes the stopgap measure would "loot the Treasury".

A short-term spending measure in the House and a budget pact evolving in the Senate make it less likely the federal government will shut down Thursday night.

The Senate had passed the spending package hours earlier, after missing a midnight deadline to prevent a shutdown. However, despite the early morning vote, the government still was not able to avoid a brief shutdown overnight.

The Senate's two top leaders have been nearing a bipartisan deal that would avert a shutdown, provide spending boosts for the Pentagon and domestic programs over the next two years.

The measure, aides said, also contains nearly $90 billion in overdue disaster aid and an increase in the government borrowing cap that would prevent a first-ever USA government default on its obligations.

But Pelosi said on the House floor that because House Speaker Paul Ryan has yet to promise an immigration vote, the emerging budget pact "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus". Some conservative Republicans blasted the added spending as a surrender to fiscal insanity.

Beyond $300 billion worth of increases for the military and domestic programs, the agreement adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions.

"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", Trump explained in another tweet.

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