Senate passes budget bill to end USA government shutdown

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The shutdown may well be temporary, but can only end when the package is approved by both houses of Congress and signed by President Trump.

"This is the dumbest shutdown ever", said Sen.

"Waste of time", said Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii.

The shutdown may only last for a few hours, as the Senate is expected to pass the bill on Friday morning and send it to the House. "He just called for the immediate withdrawal of all forces from Afghanistan as a way to give the USA military a pay raise", Sen.

USA government funding lapsed Friday as Congress' efforts to pass a spending bill fizzled out in the Senate for the second time in less than a month. "I want them to have to answer people at home who said, 'How come you were against President Obama's deficits and then how come you're for Republican deficits?'" Paul asked on the Senate floor, as he predicted the deal would mean the return of $1 trillion yearly deficits. "My intention has never been to shut down government, but my intention is also not to keep it open and borrowing a million dollars a minute".

Arguing that if Paul received a vote on his amendment, everybody would want an amendment, Republican leaders refused.

"Our federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path", said Sen.

President Donald Trump says he has signed the budget deal, ending an hours-long government shutdown.

The first was a result of Senate Democrats' strategy on immigration.

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U.S. Reps. Tom Reed and Lee Zeldin broke with a majority of their party and voted against the budget deal. "We will solve this DACA problem", he said.

Democrats were all over the place in a last minute campaign to vote against the bill, but their numbers were not enough in their own conference.

Friday's deal allows for $165 billion in additional defense spending over two years, helping Trump deliver on his promise to boost the military.

There was also $89.3 billion for hurricane aid, to help deal with damage in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Paul argued the bill's $400 billion increase to defense and non-defense spending over the next two years shows that "Washington is broken" and is "spending money like it's out of control".

For a lot of Republicans, that was not the right formula.

Trump says, "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want" to help the USA military.

But some House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, insisted they would vote against it unless they get assurance from Ryan to commit to a vote on immigration legislation. In the Senate, Chuck Schumer teamed up with his opposing number, Mitch McConnell, to unveil the package in the upper chamber, where a total of 37 of 49 Democrats ended up voting for it (once they finally had the chance).

Because fiscal hawks in the Republican party were opposed to the deal-Republican Study Committee Chair Mark Walker said it would add "insurmountable debt crippling any hope of pursuing the American dream"-Republican leaders needed Democratic support to get the bill across the finish line".

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