Trump signs off budget deal as U.S. government reopens

Trump signs off budget deal as U.S. government reopens

Trump signs off budget deal as U.S. government reopens

Congress ended a five-hour government shutdown early Friday morning after the House supported a massive bipartisan budget deal that adds hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said that President Donald Trump's support is a must for any immigration reform bill to proceed and that the lower chamber will address DACA separately from appropriations. But some Republicans, including Paul, objected to busting spending restrictions and Democrats objected because it didn't solve the status of the DREAMers, those people whose parents brought them to the USA illegally as children. Rand Paul (R-KY), who single-handedly blocked action in the Senate before a midnight funding deadline, as he criticized fellow Republicans for backing a two-year budget deal which features nearly $300 billion in spending increases in 2018 and 2019.

"I'm optimistic that very soon we'll be able to reach an agreement", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday, referring to the two-year budget deal they were discussing.

Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, while acknowledging that both sides had to make "painful" concessions to strike the deal, called it a "win for the American people" and a "genuine breakthrough".

The bill also included a one-time emergency influx of about $90 billion to help with ongoing recovery efforts for the hurricanes and wildfires that have hit the recent months.

It also would increase the government's debt cap, preventing a first-ever default on United States obligations that looms in just a few weeks.

The Senate vote was delayed until past midnight by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul - who spoke passionately for hours on the Senate floor Thursday evening as he tried to force a vote on an amendment that would effectively undermine the budget deal.

The House of Representatives voted 240-186.

"I don't advocate for shutting the government down, but neither do I advocate for keeping it open, and borrowing a million dollars a minute", Paul added.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his full support to the bill to try to rally others in chamber to also vote yes - saying the military is at risk without the money, while acknowledging the deal includes partisan compromises and isn't flawless.

While the legislation sets out broad budget numbers for the next two fiscal years, lawmakers face yet another deadline on March 23 - giving congressional appropriators time to write a detailed bill doling out funding to government agencies.

These young adults were brought illegally to the country as children, mostly from Mexico. Really who is to blame?

"Senator Schumer and I had a good meeting this morning about a caps deal and the other issues we've been discussing for some months now".

"This is a bipartisan bill", the Wisconsin Republican said. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it. "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. Trump said in September that he would end by March 5 former Democratic President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme that protects the Dreamers from deportation.

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