Government shutdown ends. Congress authorizes trillion-dollar deficit, raises debt ceiling

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

The budget agreement is married to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to keep the government operating and to provide time to implement the budget pact. "Must elect more Republicans in 2018 election".

However, the deadline was missed because Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul objected to deficit spending in the bill. "We love and need our Military and gave them everything - and more", he said.

Senate GOP leaders, however, were clearly irked by the debacle.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, criticized Paul on Twitter. $90 billion will go towards disaster relief for hurricane and wildfire victims.

But the administration has said that deporting Dreamers would not be a priority.

McConnell and his negotiating partner, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY, figured they'd get that agreement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moves next to the hard issue of immigration, with a procedural vote set for Monday.

Trump echoed those concerns but said that in order to secure Democratic votes for the package, more spending "on things we do not like or want" was necessary. He called that decision plus opposition by many Republicans "inhumane and indecent".

"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. "To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill: do not."But the House speaker argued that Congress must first pass the budget agreement to shift their focus to immigration reform as a separate legislative fight". Trump said in September that he would end by March 5 former Democratic President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects the Dreamers from deportation. The Democrats also want to make the immigrants eligible for citizenship or permanent residence. He also wants reductions in legal immigration, including limiting the relatives whom legal residents can sponsor and eliminating a lottery that offers visas to residents of diverse countries.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer warned that the delay put lawmakers "in risky territory", and a number of fellow Republicans including Senator John Cornyn confronted Paul in the chamber about his strategy.

Three weeks ago, Senate Democrats dug in and chose to use a deadline to try to force Republicans to work with them on a deal for "Dreamer" immigrants, whose protections from deportation are due to expire in March. The setback left party members divided. For hours Paul held up a vote on the bi-partisan agreement brokered by Senate leaders.

But Democrats also had their divisions and wrangling, largely with liberal upset the measure were not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants. "We are trying to do too much with the size force that we have all around the world".

Nevertheless, the Senate passed the measure 71-28, followed by House approval, 240-186.

The deal, which would add more than half a trillion dollars in federal spending and pile on the federal deficit, passed in the early hours of Friday with the support of a majority of Republicans in both the Senate and the House.

The policy bill included money for as many as 28 additional Ground-Based Interceptors - anti-missile missiles that would be launched from underground silos in Alaska in the event the US chose to try to shoot down a North Korean missile heading toward the United States.