With early morning votes, Congress ends overnight government shutdown


The US Congress moved to end a fresh five-hour government shutdown early Friday after the House voted to support a massive bipartisan budget deal that stands to add hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending on the military, domestic programmes and disaster relief.

During the White House event targeted on criminal threats raised by few immigrants, U.S. president, Donald Trump stated that, "I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of". But some Republicans, including Paul, objected to busting spending restrictions and Democrats objected because it didn't solve the status of the DREAMers, those people whose parents brought them to the US illegally as children.

Exact spending would be left to the appropriations committees but included in the funding is $10 billion to invest in infrastructure, $2.9 billion for child care and $3 billion to combat opioid and substance abuse, CNN reported. That effort could delay a Senate vote until 1 a.m. Friday, past the deadline for keeping the government open.

Chuck Schumer, D-New York, McConnell tweeted, "I'm happy to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement".

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was less measured, saying the White House move is "part of a risky and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president".

"The spending bill Congress is considering breaks just about every promise House Republicans have made over the last 8 years", said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), who is leaving to run for Governor of Idaho.

The debt ceiling will be raised by the appropriate amount until March 2019.

President Trump said he agreed to domestic spending increases that he called a "waste" in order to get increased military spending and end a government shutdown that was over before it started.

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"It spends too much money, borrows too much money, and actually we're going to bring back Obama era deficits", Paul said of the bill Thursday on Fox News' "Your World With Neil Cavuto".

However, it would not resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the USA illegally as children. "I want people to feel uncomfortable" voting in favor of big deficits, he said.

Democrats blocked a stopgap spending bill in January, triggering a three-day partial federal government shutdown, in part to protest Congress' inaction on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that Trump ended past year and is now set to expire March 5.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on February 8 opposed a bipartisan budget deal and delayed a vote on the measure in the Senate, calling the GOP "complicit in the deficits".

This particular bill proposed by Senate leaders wouldn't remove the budget caps, but will raise them.

"Senator Schumer and I had a good meeting this morning about a caps deal and the other issues we've been discussing for some months now". Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it.

"Give us a chance to allay the fear that is in the hearts of these Dreamers and their families, and remove the tears from the Statue of Liberty observing what is happening here", she said. She said the president only wants wants a long term deal on immigration.