Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump signs new budget deal, officially ending government shutdown

Trump signs new budget deal, officially ending government shutdown

It followed a wild spell for the stock market that left investors rattled and a brewing scandal over White House chief of staff John Kelly's decision to keep Rob Porter, who has since resigned, on the job despite serious accusations of spousal abuse. In the last shutdown, a guarantee of pay was included with the agreement ending the stalemate to ensure federal employees got paid. The most promising outcome may be a narrow bill extending DACA protections for a year or so and providing some border security money for Trump. Congress and the president acted in time to allow federal employees to get to work on Friday, keeping disruptions to a minimum. Paul asked on the Senate floor, as he predicted the deal would mean the return of $1 trillion yearly deficits. Republicans contend that the tax cuts will fuel a spike in economic growth.

Lawmakers rushed to limit the disruption and impact over the lapse in government funding, voting in the middle of the night to reopen agencies before workers were due to report to the office.

At 5:32 a.m., the House passed the bill 240-186 as it overcame opposition from liberal Democrats angry that the package did not include an immigration policy fix and conservative Republicans upset about its expected impact raising the deficit over $1 trillion.

As of Thursday evening, Congress looked poised to pass its massive spending bill and avoid its second shutdown of the year. The Republican Party, traditionally the party of pared-back government and sensible debt levels, is now overseeing an astonishing increase in federal spending.

Trump also wrote that negotiations will "start now!" on an immigration measure that he and Democrats have been battling over for months. "This will give time for the House and Senate Appropriations panels to craft a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund federal agencies until September 30".

This would raise the debt ceiling until March 2019.

The Republican Party was once known for fiscal conservatism, but congressional Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the United States budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.

"This bill increases spending 21 percent".

The bipartisan deal provides $70billion for disaster relief for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, which are still recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, respectively; $20 billion for infrastructure; and $6 billion to fight the opioid epidemic.

"This bill does not address the great moral issue of our time - the fact that in three weeks 800,000 young Dreamers will lose their legal status and be subject to deportation", said Sen.

But in an unexpected turn of events, the deadline was missed because Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, objecting to deficit spending in the bill, engaged in a nine-hour, on-again, off-again protest and floor speech that leaders could not stop. He had harsh words for his own party. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made a last-minute stab at reminding his party that it used to care about the deficit.

On Wednesday, Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, spoke for a record eight hours on the House floor, calling for a permanent measure that protects the almost 800,000 undocumented people, known as "Dreamers", who were brought to the U.S. as children.

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