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Government faces second shutdown

09 February 2018

Rand Paul held up voting on the broad measure Thursday evening in hopes of obtaining a recorded vote on reversing its spending increases.

On Tuesday, the House voted on a continuing resolution funding the government through March 23.

"I believe we have reached a budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of", Schumer said.

"I think the country's worth a debate until 3 in the morning, frankly", he added.

The bill, which extends government funding for six weeks, raises the federal debt ceiling and increases federal spending limits for the next two years, would break the cycle of government funding crises in time for what is set to be a bruising campaign for November's mid-term elections.

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In an effort to avoid another government shutdown, Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer reached a two-year spending deal on Wednesday, but the deal seems certain to reach roadblocks in the House.

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has endorsed the contents of the agreement, calling on lawmakers of both parties to "support our troops and support this Bill!"

"The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military", he tweeted. It ends the risky sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great.

In addition, Democratic members of the House have voiced opposition to the deal's lack of protections for young undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers.

The Senate passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government amid objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.

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"It's not like Republicans aren't concerned about disaster relief, or Republicans aren't concerned about funding community health centers or dealing with the opioid crisis", U.S. Representative Warren Davidson, a Republican, said in an interview with National Public Radio. "It's, part of it depends on the Democrats".

"This is a bipartisan bill", the Wisconsin Republican said.

Senator Mike Rounds, (R) South Dakota said, "How do you put something together that says 'wait a second your parents violated the law we are not going to allow that they be able to come in with legal status'". "On the net, this is a very good solution".

At approximately 2:45 a.m. / 3 a.m. we anticipate all debate time will be yielded back and the Senate will move to a final passage vote on the CR / budget agreement, simple majority vote.

But the budget deal will need significant Democratic support in order to pass in the House.

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Government faces second shutdown