Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, boost USA spending

White House tell agencies to prepare for shutdown as Rand Paul holds up key vote

White House tell agencies to prepare for shutdown as Rand Paul holds up key vote

The US House of Representatives joined the Senate early on Friday morning in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the government's business.

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.

A carefully crafted, bipartisan stopgap funding and budget package was introduced with confidence earlier this week by Senate leaders, who predicted swift passage before the expiration at midnight on Thursday of current funding authority. The delays forced a partial government shutdown after midnight, to minimal impact.

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

But by Friday, Trump had changed his tune, saying he was relieved that immigration provisions - including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Democrats are insisting on - weren't included. "Now we have Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits". "We are trying to do too much with the size force that we have all around the world". On the Senate floor, North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis tried to convince Paul to stop his filibuster.

This week saw the inner workings - some would say dysfunction - of the US Congress fully on display, as the US slipped into its second government shutdown in three weeks following the failure to pass a funding Bill. "To me, it looked like he was clueless", said Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.

Key Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made an emotional plea to help DACA recipients and the party's leadership voted mostly against the deal, but that move in the end was largely for show.

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

A leader of the GOP's fiscal conservatives, Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, said he understands the frustration. Ultimately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to hold votes on an unspecified immigration bill in return for Democrats' votes to reopen the government for three more weeks.

But Trump signaled Friday that talks on DACA would begin.

The problem, Harrison says, is that the budgets have been stretched by rising personnel costs, more expensive technology investments and other factors, compounded by the cumulative effects of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. The Senate voted 37-1 in favor of their spending plan, with Sen. The budget plan also was drawing support from Republicans representing states that would benefit from $89 billion in aid to speed recovery from last year's hurricanes and wildfires.

The measure boosts both defense and nondefense accounts, and unleashes new funding for the opioid crisis, infrastructure investments in roads, bridges and broadband and multiyear funds for community health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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.

Still, some GOP activists anxious that the deal reinforces the notion that congressional Republicans are not delivering on their promises to slash spending and reduce the size of government. "I think it's an important enough thing that we should have a discussion over".

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