Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Donald Trump signs deal to end second government shutdown

Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled a bipartisan budget deal on the Senate floor on Wednesday that would boost military and non-defense spending by $300 billion over the next two years as well as include a hike Donald Trump signs deal to end second government shutdown
Patty Aguilar | 11 February, 2018, 23:51

Friday's shutdown lasted just a few hours, while an earlier partial government shutdown in January was resolved after a three-day standoff, Efe reported.

After Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky stalled a vote in the US Senate, the US federal government funding is set to lapse today at midnight.

On Beacon Hill, lawmakers and Baker administration officials who spent a year ago trying to fend off federal spending cuts will now spend time sifting through the bill to learn exactly how the new investments will affect MA residents and state programs that rely on federal funds. Paul brushed off the pressure.

Mr Paul was unfazed, saying: "I didn't come up here to be part of somebody's club". Yet most of us snoozed through exactly that in Friday's predawn hours, with the House approving a two-year bill crafted in the Senate earlier this week.

"I love bipartisanship, as you know", said Sen. The deal found support in both parties largely because it has something for everyone - both the military spending Republicans wanted and the money for domestic programs Democrats sought. Both sides pressed for $89 billion for disaster relief, extending a host of health care provisions, and extending a slew of smaller tax breaks.

The agreement would increase the government's borrowing limit to prevent a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks.

The new bill also suspends the debt ceiling restrictions until March 1, 2019. Like kids scrambling to clean up before Mom and Dad get home, lawmakers then had to rush to turn the lights back on before federal employees were due to report to work. Military and essential workers would remain on the job regardless. It temporary does away with the mechanisms put in place to control spending and replaces the 2011 GOP of the tea party with the 2018 GOP that controls all levers of the federal government.

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Pence appeared to leave the door open for negotiations earlier this week when he said, "I haven't requested any meeting". Her visit makes her the first member of the dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

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At the White House, there appeared to be little sense of concern. Aides closed shop early in the night, with no comment on the display on the Hill. This means a far-left agenda and probably a vote to impeach President Trump next year. Vice President Mike Pence, in South Korea for the Winter Olympics, said the administration was "hopeful" the shutdown would not last long. Their sweeping tax overhaul bill approved in December will add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the national debt over 10 years.

House Democratic leaders opposed the measure - arguing it should resolve the plight of Dreamers - but not with all their might.

Pelosi was the chief architect of a failed strategy to use Democratic leverage on the budget to try to force GOP leaders to agree to legislation for younger immigrants whose protection against deportation under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, expires next month. Will Hurd (R) of Texas, and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D) of California, up for a vote.

Ryan didn't immediately respond.

The shutdown, which started at midnight, was the second this year under the Republican-controlled Congress. The point, he explained to irritated colleagues, was to be a pain in the ass.

The brief shutdown follows a three-day shutdown last month that came about because of numerous same spending and social issues.

Democrats want to extend the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which lets the immigrants temporarily live and work in the USA but that Trump would end March 5.

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