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

U.S. government shuts down for second time

U.S. government shuts down for second time

A House vote would follow, but it's possible that federal agencies will have to implement temporary shutdown plans if clearing the funding bill takes too long.

President Trump signed a $400 billion spending bill into law Friday morning, ending a government shutdown just as the workday was beginning.

United States President Donald Trump on Friday signed a combined funding and budget bill that was passed by Congress hours earlier and will increase federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, bringing an end to the second government shutdown this year.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) declared in a tweet that she will oppose "any long-term spending deal that does not protect" Dreamers: "Senators on both sides of the aisle have a moral obligation to fight for Dreamers as hard as we'd fight for our own families", she asserted, adding, "I have made clear, again and again, that I won't vote for any long-term spending deal that does not protect them". Trump defended the deal, but said it contained "much waste in order to get Dem votes". The bipartisan compromise is expected to pass the Senate on Thursday. Instead, they offered him a procedural vote, which Paul declined. He didn't get it.

Paul brushed off pleas from Senate leaders.

"According to Politico, Pelosi said she will not be voting for the bill: "'I'm pleased with the product, I'm not pleased with the process, ' Pelosi told reporters Thursday, later adding she plans to vote against the bill but confirmed she isn't formally whipping against it.

Senators voted 71-28 to approve the deal, overcoming objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.

As midnight approached, Paul did not relent, bemoaning from the Senate floor what he saw as out-of-control government spending and repeatedly rebuffing attempts by his fellow senators to move ahead with a vote. Or it could drag on if enough Democrats and right-wing Republicans abandon it.

From the beginning. The Senate had to move fast to pass the deal. He also called the bill a "big victory" for the military.

Friday's deal allows for $US165 billion in additional defence spending over two years that will help Trump deliver on his promise to rebuild the military.

This is what Paul, one of the Senate's foremost budget hawks, opposes.

Senators are still expected to vote in favour of the deal in a series of votes that will most likely begin around 1 a.m., reports The New York Times.

The deal also includes a bunch of other goodies, particularly for federal health care programs and the states and territories ravaged by hurricanes past year.

But both House Democrats and conservative Republicans are threatening to withhold support for a vote that's a few hours away. Those conservatives were mainly angry about non-military spending increases.

It also suspends the federal debt ceiling through March 1, 2019.

Different groups are working to prepare legislation for the immigration effort, including conservatives who are working on a legislative version of President Donald Trump's proposed framework and a group of bipartisan senators who have been meeting almost daily to try to reach agreement on the issue. Around 5 pm, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), a leader on immigration issues, downplayed the shutdown talk. Democrats in the House are seeing a similar commitment from Ryan. "It's, 'How ya feeling?'" The Democrats' lead in recent so-called generic ballots has fallen to about 6 percentage points, from about 13 points at the end of a year ago, according to a FiveThirtyEight estimate. Concerns over lack of movement on DACA is what triggered a three-day shutdown just weeks ago on January 20, as Senate Democrats objected to any bill without a legislative fix for DACA while the White House wanted other changes to immigration law in exchange for codifying DACA.

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