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House Passes Budget Measure Ending Gov't Shutdown

House Passes Budget Measure Ending Gov't Shutdown

If it passes the House, and President Donald Trump signs the bill into law, it would restrict the nation's second government shutdown in three weeks to just a matter of hours.

The Senate delay meant more time for liberal Democrats and Republican fiscal hawks in the House to whip up votes against the bill in their chamber.

In debate on the House floor, most Democrats focused on the issue of DACA and the Dreamers, demanding a vote on legislation dealing with that immigration matter. It also includes: $6 billion to fight the opioid crisis; $5.8 billion for child care development block grants;$4 billion for veterans medical facilities; $2 billion for medical research; $20 billion to augment existing infrastructure programs; and $4 billion for college affordability.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delayed a Senate vote past midnight Thursday to mark his opposition to an estimated $320 billion addition to the federal budget deficit - something he called Republicans out for supporting: "If you were against President Obama's deficits, and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?".

NY senator, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said Trump's comment speaks for itself.

Democrats cancelled a retreat due to urgent nature of the bill, which does not contain any amendment to U.S. immigration law, the major issue that ultimately led to a shutdown last month, as a result of lawmakers failing to reach an agreement. He also called the bill a "big victory" for the military.

It also would increase the government's debt cap, preventing a first-ever default on USA obligations that looms in just a few weeks. The government is now operating on its fourth continuing resolution of the fiscal year, and it expires on Thursday at midnight.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. left and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. confer as they arrive to meet with reporters following a
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. left and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. confer as they arrive to meet with reporters following a

The White House's current proposal-one that would put 1.8 million immigrants on a path to citizenship, but also boost border security, and dramatically curtail legal immigration-has been panned by Democrats.

"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", Paul said.

Hours before the House vote, the Senate cleared the legislation on a vote of 71 to 28, with wide bipartisan support. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it.

The full Senate is expected to vote on the deal Wednesday afternoon.

Friday's budget deal allows for $165 billion in additional defense spending over two years that will help Trump deliver on his promise to rebuild the military. Really who is to blame? "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", Pelosi said in a statement.

Paul said during his marathon speech, which strained fellow senators' patience, that the two-year budget deal would "loot the Treasury". They say Nunes' memo is designed as a distraction from the probe, which is looking into whether Trump's campaign was in any way connected to the Russian interference.

Trump sought to address both camps on Twitter Friday, lamenting that the package contained "waste" in order to win Democratic votes - while vowing to pursue talks on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.