Lawmakers push for budget vote to avert government shutdown
Lawmakers push for budget vote to avert government shutdown
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10 February, 2018, 04:53
As a massive bipartisan budget deal moved towards a vote Thursday, temperatures were rising on the left, where Democrats were fuming that - once again - immigration was being left behind. Without new funds, federal agencies would have to be ordered to partially shut down.
"I can't, in all good honesty, in all good faith just look the other way", Paul said in a fiery and lengthy floor speech that consumed dwindling time that Congress had to act to avert a halt of non-essential federal operations.
In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan has only agreed to put forth legislation that President Donald Trump will sign.
Though brief - the government had reopened before most people had arrived to work on Friday, hours after the shutdown began - the timing of the shutdown was unsafe, coming soon after another massive sell-off on U.S. markets reflecting investor nerves about the USA economy. Government funding expires Thursday at midnight. "We're the party that wants to see the budget balance and deficit addressed". "I think we will", he said in a radio interview.
McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced a deal on Wednesday to lift budget caps put in place as part of a 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling. The GOP-controlled chamber needed help from House Democrats to clear the bill, and 73 Democratic members gave it. Sixty-seven House Republicans voted against the plan. The shutdown was the second in three weeks.
Many Democrats support the budget deal, but were unhappy with the compromise because it doesn't tackle immigration - specifically addressing the plight of DREAMers, including the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the US illegally after being brought to the country as children and who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to expire on March 5.
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The House voted 240-186 to approve the bill just before dawn Eastern time, hours after the Senate approved the measure 71-28, with some of Congress' most conservative and liberal lawmakers voting no. Trump signed it as business hours began, and he couldn't resist a dig.
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No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL, a leader in the immigration fight, said the budget pact "opens the door" for Senate votes on protecting the young immigrants.
But the deal's fate in the House is far from certain. "Right now, we are being called upon to protect them from deportation and we must answer that call", Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of IL said.
In a Twitter post that acknowledged the misgivings of fiscal conservatives, the Republican president said after signing the measure, "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military" with additional funding.
Republican leaders say Paul wanted a vote on an amendment that is critical of the overall agreement but leaders couldn't give him that vote even if they wanted to, because it requires consent from all senators. But they pointed to money they have long sought for the Pentagon, which they say needs huge sums for readiness, training and weapons modernization.
Beyond the $300 billion figure 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. "We will solve this DACA problem". "Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!" he added.
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That means the House was technically still debating the legislation, even though Pelosi spent her time speaking about immigration. Leader Pelosi today announced her intention to vote against any deal that doesn't include a solution for Dreamers.
Many fiscal conservatives on the Republican side are equally unhappy with the increased spending the new funding deal proposes. Ryan could potentially have to rely on half of the House Democrats voting for the plan in order for it to pass.
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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi delivered the longest speech in the history of the House floor Wednesday in defense of DACA . House conservative have the same objections as Paul, arguing that it will pave the way for big spending and ballooning deficits.
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Rand Paul was right
Paul objected each time until Cornyn, the majority whip, accused him of "wasting everybody's time and inconveniencing the staff". Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced the plan following extensive negotiations with Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer .