Congress shifts to brutal immigration fight after ending another shutdown

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They got nowhere. Neither did No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas, who at 10 p.m. EST tried and failed to get Paul's consent for votes before 1 a.m. Cornyn said Paul's objections were "wasting everybody's time" and said the Kentuckian would "effectively shut down the federal government for no real reason".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., urged Congress to avoid a "second needless shutdown in a matter of weeks - entirely needless".

Paul and other conservative Republicans opposed the bill that adds almost $400 billion to the budget, raises debt limits and spending caps, and includes numerous tax breaks for select industries.

The debate in the upper house of Congress over a bipartisan budget deal that will unlock funding for federal agencies is scheduled to restart at 12:01 a.m., according to a message on the Senate website.

As she was leaving the Senate floor Friday night after the Senate voted to pass a budget deal and fund government into March, Maine Republican Sen.

President Donald Trump will sign the measure Friday morning, spokesman Raj Shah said without specifying a time.

Combined with the Republicans' December tax cut bill, the burst in military and other spending would put the GOP-controlled government on track for the first $1 trillion-plus deficits since Obama's first term and the aftermath of the most recent recession nine years ago.

Other Republicans are said to oppose a bi-partisan deal created to put an end to squabbling over fiscal policy, at least until beyond November's midterm congressional elections. Ultimately the Bill passed thanks to the support of some Democrats, who welcomed the commitments to extra domestic spending.

There also is no offset reduction for almost $US 90 billion in new disaster aid for U.S. states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires.

"Now we have the Republicans, hand in hand with the Democrats, offering us a deficit of a trillion dollars", he added.

While a majority of Louisiana's Republicans in Congress turned against the agreement for what was in it, the state's lone Democrat ripped the deal for what wasn't.

The massive federal spending deal struck by Capitol Hill leaders from both parties came packed with goodies in a buffet created to let lawmakers of both parties find something they liked. The House was set to vote in the early morning hours. "I didn't come up here to be liked", Paul said.

It wasn't Paul, after all, who brought the government to the brink of shutdown by stalling for weeks and waiting until the final hours before coming up with a potential compromise.

After the $400 billion spending plan was passed in the Senate, it was then passed to the House where it was approved with a 240-186 vote.

We're a month and a half, actually less than a month and a half into February of 2018, or into 2018 in general, excuse me, and the federal government shut down twice in one year? Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being "complicit" in the looming return of trillion-dollar budget deficits. It also suspends the debt the limit for one year.

The bill was equally delayed in the House after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made an impassioned case to her colleagues this week to vote against a bipartisan measure negotiated by her Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.



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