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Trump signs off budget deal as USA government reopens

10 February 2018

After little action Thursday, a single senator dug in, forcing the Senate to stall and miss the midnight deadline. The federal government briefly shuttered for the second time in less than a month overnight, after Kentucky Republican Sen.

"The Republicans do not have the votes to pass this caps bill on their own", Pelosi wrote.

Trump tweeted Friday that he signed the legislation for the government to officially reopen, just as the workday started for millions of federal workers.

Trump announced the signing on his Twitter account, hailing the bill's passage in the early hours of Friday as a boost for the United States military and "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"

The budget agreement would give both the Pentagon and domestic agencies relief from a budget freeze that lawmakers say threatens military readiness and training as well as domestic priorities such as combating opioid abuse and repairing the troubled health care system for veterans. "This agreement begins to do that for the first time in a long time".

Just because leaders are urging a no vote, however, doesn't mean they're truly pushing Democrats to vote down the spending bill. GOP leaders tried to shore up support among conservatives for a plan that would shower the Pentagon with the billions they favor but also balloon the deficits they despise.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and others in her party had opposed Friday's bill because Republican House leaders would not guarantee her a debate later on bipartisan steps to protect about 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

Paul repeatedly blocked votes on the bill in an effort to force a vote on an amendment that would keep current spending limits in place.

How much leverage Democrats have in this showdown will depend greatly on how many votes Republicans can put up.

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The Senate early Friday easily approved a far-reaching budget deal that would reopen the federal government and boost spending by hundreds of billions of dollars but only after enduring a one-man blockade by Sen. That won over many Republicans, but some were furious over the $131 billion extra allocated for non-military spending, including health and infrastructure.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin applauded the bill's passage, as it extends the government's borrowing authority until March 2019.

With Sen. Paul blocking action on a funding plan, Democrats were more than happy to blame the GOP more broadly for the shutdown - no matter how short it lasts. "It ends the risky sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great".

House Democrats, meanwhile, were rallying against the bill not because of what was in it, but because of what was left out.

It incorporates a major budget deal reached last week between Senate leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

The budget deal's passage faced real threats on Wednesday and Thursday.

The GOP's hard-line House Freedom Caucus members said that before Ryan became speaker in 2015, he promised them he would not bring up an immigration bill that did not have majority GOP support. Other Democrats followed suit.

Why were budget hawks opposed to the bill?

By contrast, Mr. Obama's stimulus package cost less than $850 billion, according to the final score from the Congressional Budget Office.

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"It provides what the Pentagon needs to restore our military's edge for years to come", said Ryan.

Friday's spending measure, which ended an hours-long partial government shutdown, was approved by a wide margin in the Senate and survived a rebellion from conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives who objected to non-military spending increases.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Paul said U.S. taxpayers "are getting stuck with the bill" as spending levels beyond the amount of revenue are allowed.

"We have Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said on the Senate floor Thursday night.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said the deficit in 2019 would be $1.2 trillion, almost back to the record years set under Mr. Obama during and after the Great Recession.

Critically, it would also keep the government funded for six additional weeks, giving lawmakers time to put together a long-term spending bill that would stretch through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said on the Senate floor.

A vote is likely Thursday afternoon in the Senate, where the bill should pass handily.

Ryan committed to bringing up an immigration bill, but only after the budget agreement passed. Pelosi led Democrats in reiterating that demand in a letter sent to Ryan just after the shutdown began at midnight.

"Democrats worked hard to achieve a bipartisan agreement and gave our assurances to the Speaker that we were not interested in shutting down government", Pelosi said in a statement after the vote.

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Trump signs off budget deal as USA government reopens