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Congress goes into recess, government will go into another shutdown

10 February 2018

US Senator Rand Paul forced a temporary government shutdown on Friday to lecture his GOP colleagues about fiscal responsibility, but the lesson they took away was probably not the one the Kentucky Republican intended.

"If you're against president (Barack) Obama's deficits, but you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he boomed, adding that he wants his fellow lawmakers "to feel uncomfortable" over the impasse. Then, Kelly told the New York Democrat that his proposals were too liberal for Republicans. But he also wasn't interested in keeping the government open for a "reckless" spending deal that busts the budget caps.

At about 2:00 a.m. today the Senate approved a budget deal.

The spending bill that passed both houses Friday did not address the fate of the Dreamers, who were protected from deportation by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "Republicans and Democrats joined together to finally give our troops the resources and our generals the certainty to plan for the future", said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

That is set to break the cycle of government funding crises in time for what will likely be a bruising campaign for November's mid-term elections. In the understatement of the year, Meadows claimed that "We have to do better".

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Only hours before the January shutdown started, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer thought he might have reached an immigration agreement with Trump.

The massive spending bill has been described as "game-changing" legislation that allows for Congress to switch focus from major spending issues to other objectives that will be brought forward.

About $160 billion would go to the Pentagon and about $128 billion to non-defense programs.

Otherwise, he realized the problems with the deal. "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!" the President tweeted on Friday. But since many conservatives will oppose the budget deal, Ryan will need significant Democratic support to win passage in that chamber.

The bill includes $300 billion additional spending on the military and domestic agencies.

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The bill also provides $90 billion for disaster relief following the extreme hurricanes and wildfires this past year.

Republican Senator Thom Tillis said Paul could continue to postpone a vote for hours more, but that a vote was coming.

Republicans were not put in charge of Congress to keep the same policies in place. John Thune, a member of the GOP leadership, said. Sadly, the "deep state" forces within the bureaucracy make any sort of real change especially hard, if not impossible. But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. By 2am they had voted on the budget bill. House and Senate leaders once again have pledged to seek a DACA fix, but concrete steps have yet to be taken.

These young adults were brought illegally to the country as children years ago, mostly from Mexico.

The bill faced similar opposition in the House from fiscal conservatives who saw it as a broken promise to their base.

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After swinging up and down several times, the Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up 330 points, or 1.4 percent, at 24,191. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index lost 1.89 per cent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 1.26 per cent.

In September of previous year, Trump announced he was ending the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival (DACA) programme, giving Congress until March 5 to come up with a permanent solution.

Congress goes into recess, government will go into another shutdown