US Congress passes budget deal, ending brief shutdown (Second Lead)

House Paul Ryan departs a press conference following a meeting of the House Republican caucus at the U.S. Capitol Feb. 6 2018 in Washington D.C. Ryan fielded a range of questions including funding for the federal government

Yes. Senate leaders used the three weeks to hash out a two-year, $400 billion budget agreement.

Democrats were needed on the package since the GOP only holds 51 seats in the Senate, meaning Democrats in the chamber could have filibustered. Hard-line conservatives, such as the House Freedom Caucus, refused to vote for the budget because of the inclusion of $131 billion dollars in domestic spending, which they viewed as a waste of taxpayer money.

After months of funding the government through short-term patches, a coalition of centrist House Republicans and Democrats combined to end the year's second government shutdown and resolve a fiscal fight that had spilled over from 2017.

If passed by the House, the legislation will reopen the government and keep it funded at its current levels through March 23, giving lawmakers time to write new spending bills that will prevent future shutdown threats through the end of September.

The breakdown came largely in the Senate, when after a day of inaction, Republican Sen.

McConnell set up a shell bill passed by the House of Representatives to be a vehicle for the Senate debate, and a vote to take up that bill is expected Monday, the website noted. "I want to thank my friend the Democratic Leader for joining me this afternoon, and for the productive discussions that generated this proposal". Both Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said they were unwilling to compromise with Paul.

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

But it does not include any solution for the so-called "Dreamers", hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", he said on the Senate floor.

The US government shutdown has ended after the House voted to pass a stopgap spending measure.

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.

Congress achieved an ambitious two-year budget agreement Friday, but in doing so, reignited ideological factions on deficit spending and immigration that are likely to flare as lawmakers turn to these issues next, ahead of a daunting midterm election season. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a fiscal conservative and resident contrarian, pumped the brakes, using his objection allowed under Senate rules to delay a vote until after 1 a.m. Friday.

It incorporates the major budget deal reached between Senate leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

The deal suspends a 2011 budget law championed by conservatives that set hard caps on discretionary spending and included an automatic trigger known as "sequester" cuts if Congress attempted to bust those spending caps. "No", Paul said. "I think it's an important enough thing that we should have a discussion over", Paul said. "I can't in all honesty look the other way". The holdup this time comes down to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Shortly following the early-morning vote on Friday, Ryan issued a statement that fell short of promising Democrats their desired bipartisan DACA negotiations.

Trump signed an executive order in September terminating the Obama-era DACA program, which now protects around 690,000 people from deportation. Adorno, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipient who is originally from the Mexican state of Puebla, said she's heard the promises before.

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