Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Senate passes budget bill to end USA government shutdown

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Lora Ball | 11 February, 2018, 20:49

Paul push the final vote past the midnight deadline when funding ran out and the shutdown started.

Paul and other conservative Republicans opposed the bill that adds almost $400 billion to the budget, raises debt limits and spending caps, and includes numerous tax breaks for select industries.

Sen. Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Arkansas, used a procedural mechanism to temporarily shut down the government as an act of protest against the fact that this spending bill will cost nearly $400 billion over two years. Early Thursday the budget bill seemed like a go, until Paul objected to the spending increases attached to the bill.

It was the second time the government shut down in three weeks after Republicans and Democrats failed January 20 to agree on immigration reform that was hitched to a short-term spending bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) secured 73 Democratic votes to assure passage.

Stay with Northern Michigan's News Leader as we work to keep you updated. He called out the "hypocrisy of Republicans", who joined Democrats in a "spending free-for-all".

Paul voted for the deficit-financed tax bill in December. "Every one of these 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". "I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement", McConnell said on the floor of the Senate.

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President Donald Trump must signed the bill early Friday, ending the shutdown after less than nine hours.

The Democrat leadership has not ordered its members in Congress to oppose the bill, although the party's House leader is against it.

Meanwhile, many Democrats are also opposing the budget proposal as it does not address the immigration issue nor the protection of the immigrants that arrived illegally during their childhood which expires on March 5.

Passage is all but assured in the Senate, but House leadership faces a hard road in moving the budget bill through the chamber.

Trump a year ago also rescinded Barack Obama's DACA program, and created a deadline of March 5 for Congress to create a legislative solution. Unfortunately, the Senate sent back a bill that will expand our government and increase the federal deficit by as much as $1 trillion in the next year alone.

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