United States budget has something for everyone but 'Dreamers'

United States budget has something for everyone but 'Dreamers'

House Speaker Paul Ryan had not offered Pelosi an equivalent guarantee in the House, although he said in a speech before the vote on Friday that he would push ahead for a deal. "Every one of those republicans complained about President Obama's deficits and yet now we have them out there bragging and pushing and doing everything they can to get their trillion dollar deficit through".

The House did pass a continuing resolution on Tuesday, funding the government through March 23.

The Senate had already approved the bipartisan spending legislation that will extend funding to the government through March 23 and boost disaster aid funding by around $90 billion for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico that were battered by hurricanes previous year. Still, leaders expected they could thread the needle to find the votes to pass the bill in both the House and Senate. "I can't.in good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

Sen. Rand Paul says he triggered the brief government shutdown early Friday because he's not a "rubber stamp" ready to blindly accept an "out-of-control" 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.

After keeping the government open through a series of stopgap bills since last summer, and letting funding lapse for three days last month, on Wednesday it seemed that Congress had finally made a breakthrough. Late Thursday, the tea party leader and Kentucky Republican put the brakes on the bill in protest over Congress' sudden willingness to embrace big deficit spending. A shutdown essentially cuts the federal workforce in half, with those dubbed non-essential not allowed to work, while military and essential workers remain on the job.

Another US government shutdown became official at midnight Eastern time, but it might be over by morning.

The House narrowly passed the budget measure 240-186 early this morning after it was approved by the Senate about two hours after a shutdown took effect.

At the White House, there appeared to be little sense of concern.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and others in her party had opposed Friday's bill because Republican House leaders would not guarantee her a debate later on bipartisan steps to protect about 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

It also suspends the federal debt ceiling through March 1, 2019.

"I think we will", he said in a radio interview. There were 73 Democrats who voted for the legislation and 67 Republicans who voted against.

Both Democrats and conservatives in the House expressed reservations, with Democrats arguing they didn't want to support the bill without assurances the House would work on a permanent legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program - the Obama-era initiative that shielded from deportation foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors.

"[Pelosi] is always very persuasive but she wasn't trying to persuade", said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money".

"I love bipartisanship, as you know", said Sen. "He wanted a debate and a vote on something important", Stafford said.



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