Senate passes massive budget agreement

Senate passes massive budget agreement

Senate passes massive budget agreement

A sweeping bipartisan vote is expected on the measure, which is attached to a huge budget agreement, but the timing and outcome of a House vote are less certain.

The bill passed by a wide margin in the Senate and survived a rebellion of 67 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives thanks to the support of some Democrats. All told, the bill hikes federal spending about $400 billion through September 2019.

The 11th-hour complications revolve around the measure that was hammered out between the Republican and Democratic Senate leaders.

At midnight on Thursday (local time), funding authority for most federal agencies expired without any intervening action by Congress. Many were sheepish or even angry about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits.

Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Olympics will be unaffected by a potential USA government shutdown.

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

Members of the "Freedom Caucus" - a group of fiscally conservative House Republicans - announced they would oppose the measure, citing the projected increase in the government deficit.

Senate Democrats had no appetite for another shutdown.

Senate leaders are working to approve the measure Thursday and send it to the House for passage before the government begins to shut down at midnight.

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In the end, the votes were there - but that didn't prevent heightened drama leading up to the vote.

In the end, however, Democrats declined to hold the spending bill hostage over immigration.

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A band of tea party Republicans swung against the legislation as well, repelled by its spiraling spending levels. "But I would argue that it's time to vote". However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticised the lack of a provision to protect young immigrants from deportation. Mitch McConnell agreed to keep any DACA arguments away from the negotiations after McConnell scheduled a debate on immigration in the Senate for next week. "Their patriotism, their perseverance, their optimism are an inspiration that stirs the conscience of our entire nation".

As she was leaving the Senate floor Friday night after the Senate voted to pass a budget deal and fund government into March, Maine Republican Sen.

About $165 billion would go to the Pentagon and $131 billion to non-defense programs. "Anybody in the Milky Way concerned about the deficit has to be anxious about this bill", he told reporters.

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. Fifteen other Republicans joined Paul in voting against the bill, with many expressing similar objections about the increased deficit spending. "Funding for the government expires in just a few hours", McConnell warned just before 6 p.m., to no avail.

Paul slammed his colleagues for "hypocrisy" and lack of fiscal restraint, as well as a lack of a fair and open process. But really who's to blame?

Democratic and Republican Senate leaders cobbled together the budget deal on Wednesday. "But the amusing thing is you know so often in the media we hear 'we want you to work together.' They are are working together but working together to spend a ton of money".

"I think this has been a very useful debate", Mr Paul said shortly before the vote.

The Senate's Majority whip sounded a bit frustrated by the holdup. Sen.

Under Senate rules, Paul had to relent at 1 a.m. Friday, when Senate leaders won a motion to take up the bill, then ushered it toward final passage. We must pass this budget agreement first, though, so that we can get onto that.

"We are going to deliver our share of support". "You can essentially accomplish the same thing by a point-of-order and get a vote".

Hoyer's overture comes as Republican Sen.

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