Senate votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

Senate votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

Senate votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

House Speaker Paul Ryan had not offered Pelosi an equivalent guarantee in the House, although he said in a speech before Friday's vote that he would push ahead for a deal. "Now we have Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits".

That's the situation facing legislators, who will reconvene and work through the night in hopes of hammering out a compromise on a funding deal.

The funding and budget bill includes around $300 billion in extra spending for both military programs and domestic non-military programs such as health, infrastructure and disaster relief. Still, leaders expected they could thread the needle to find the votes to pass the bill in both the House and Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teed up a pivotal immigration debate for consideration next week early Friday morning, keeping a promise as soon as the Senate voted to end a government shutdown.

It will fund the government for six more weeks, raise federal budget caps for two years and lift the nation's debt ceiling for a year.

The sweeping spending bill ended the seconf government shutdown in less than a month.

On Tuesday, Trump embraced a government shutdown if Dems would not cave on tightening immigration laws.

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That part of the overall package was a bipartisan attempt by Senate leaders to end for many months, at least beyond November's midterm congressional elections, the fiscal policy quarrels that increasingly consume Congress. A shutdown essentially cuts the federal workforce in half, with those dubbed non-essential not allowed to work, while military and essential workers remain on the job. With the expiration deadline just three weeks away for the Obama-era program that allows young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who were brought to the country as children to remain there, Democrats ultimately did what they earlier said they wouldn't: vote for a long-term budget deal that does not provide a solution for the "Dreamers".

In Washington's latest display of governance by brinkmanship, the bipartisan accord bolstering military and domestic programs and deepening federal deficits crossed the finish line just before dawn - but not before the government shut down overnight.

Several key Democrats oppose the Senate deal including the #House Freedom Caucus because they say it would lead to more government spending.

"You haven't convinced 60 or 52 senators that your idea is good enough to support", Tillis said. He predicted Ryan would lose 60 to 70 Republican votes when the budget deal comes to the House floor.

"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the agreement was "a genuine breakthrough" and addressed other Democratic priorities although Senate Democrats have shelved their strategy to use the budget fight to obtain immigration concessions and extend protections for the so-called Dreamers. So lawmakers' self-interest to keep their seats when they face the U.S. electorate clearly played a role in making this budget deal a reality. "This is not what the American people sent us here to do", the 30 or so members of the group said on Wednesday. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money". "You know what? I don't see how points alone can make a change in America", Sen.

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