US President signs major budget bill

Mitch McConnell US Senate leaders reach two-year budget deal

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.

Lawmakers rushed to limit the disruption and impact over the lapse in government funding, voting in the middle of the night to reopen agencies before workers were due to report to the office.

The U.S. Congress ended a brief government shutdown yesterday by reaching a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone.

Sen. Rand Paul did not share the urgency.

The Republican Party was once known for fiscal conservatism, but congressional Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the US budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt. Paul noted that he and many in his party railed against deficit when Democrats held the White House, but now seemed willing to look the other way with Republicans in control.

A leader of the GOP's fiscal conservatives, Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, said he understands the frustration.

Trump's tweets came after Republican Sen.

The unexpected turn of events in the Senate underscored the persistent inability of the Republican-controlled Congress and Republican President Donald Trump to deal effectively with Washington's most basic fiscal obligations.

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.

But the 652-page budget bill says nothing about protection for the "Dreamer" immigrants. In January, after a three-day closure, Senate Democrats secured from GOP leaders the promise of a debate and vote on a deal to protect the younger immigrants from deportation. He called that decision plus opposition by many Republicans "inhumane and indecent". Rand Paul, R-Ky., throwing up last-minute procedural roadblocks.

In exchange, Trump wants $25 billion to build his beloved, proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall and other barriers.

"Sadly, we needed some Democrats votes for passage". A senior administration official had said Trump would sign the bill before noon but was unlikely to do so before 9 a.m., when federal employees would be back at work. The setback left party members divided.

The US government has shut down for the second time in less than a month after Congress failed to pass a key vote on the budget.

"That's not a commitment", Pelosi said on the House floor. "Both parties", he said.

Two hours after the setback, congressional leaders scrambled to end the standoff, and senators eventually voted 71-28 to approve the deal, with the bill moving to the House of Representatives for a further vote.

The 240-186 vote sent the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who announced a couple of hours later that he had signed the bill. This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes.

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



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