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President Trump signs spending bill

12 February 2018, 01:28 | Kara Nash

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The House voted 240-186 in favor of the bill around 5:30 a.m. ET, successfully ending the five-and-a-half hour shutdown.

Now it is only necessary that it be signed by President Trump so that government institutions can open normally. It was finally approved early Friday by a 71-28 vote.

Paul used his clout as a senator to deny the unanimous consent needed for a speedy vote to protest $300bn in deficit-financed spending in a two-year bipartisan budget agreement. He has promised a free-wheeling debate in an attempt to develop a legislative compromise on the status of the young immigrants known as "Dreamers", who face deportation as Trump ends the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protected them.

"Now we have the Republicans, hand in hand with the Democrats, offering us a deficit of a trillion dollars", he added.

Such disputes won't help the party energize the Hispanic and liberal voters it will need as it tries capturing House and perhaps Senate control in November. Kentucky's Rand Paul objected to the budget deal because it increases the deficit.

"There is probably a lot of blame to go around for the Republicans who are advocating for this debt", Paul said to CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront. But, opening the bill for amendments would also delay the process even more so Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denied the request. "I didn't come up here to be liked", he said.

Some fiscally-minded Republicans disapproved of the bill's increased spending, among them Sen.

The leader of the party in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Thursday morning that she opposed the plan, but that she would not order the caucus of the Democrats to vote against it.

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But Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said anyone supporting the spending measure was "colluding with this president and this administration to deport Dreamers".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., urged Congress to avoid a "second needless shutdown in a matter of weeks - entirely needless". But it put Paul - and conservative complaints about the sweeping budget agreement negotiated this week by congressional leaders - in the spotlight.

"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", said Paul on the Senate floor, delaying the budget vote until after the midnight deadline, according to the Post. The future of DACA and immigration legislation was unclear as Pelosi took the floor for eight hours and talked about DACA and immigration. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it.

Ryan said the bill also includes funds to fight opioids, recover from hurricanes and wildfires, and extend health care programs.

Senate Democrats sparked a three-day partial government shutdown last month by filibustering a spending bill, seeking relief for "Dreamer" immigrants who've lived in the country illegally since they were children.

The bipartisan legislation, which keeps the government running until March, raised the debt ceiling, allocated $160 billion to the Pentagon and another $128 billion for domestic spending.

The proposal contains USA $165,000 million in additional defense spending and U.S. $131,000 million in spending on internal issues such as health, infrastructure or against the opioid crisis, according to Reuters. But they're likely to follow closely the defense policy bill approved by Congress late past year.

The problem, Harrison says, is that the budgets have been stretched by rising personnel costs, more expensive technology investments and other factors, compounded by the cumulative effects of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. "But I would argue that it's time to vote".



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