Don't Blame Rand Paul for Last Night's Shutdown

Don't Blame Rand Paul for Last Night's Shutdown

Don't Blame Rand Paul for Last Night's Shutdown

Until Trump signed the bill, which the Senate passed with a vote of 71-28 and the House of Representatives approved by a count of 240-186, federal agencies were technically without funding.

The President played little role in attempts by party leaders earlier this week to head the shutdown off and end months of fiscal squabbling.

The move still depends on the House, though, which first needs to vote to pass the budget deal negotiated in the Senate and fund the government.

Paul used his clout as a senator to deny the unanimous consent needed for a speedy vote to protest $300bn in deficit-financed spending in a two-year bipartisan budget agreement. Rand Paul, who delayed the passage of the bill by calling a vote on an amendment he proposed to prove that the planned $300-billion hike violated the government's commitment to rein in federal spending.

President Donald Trump will sign the measure Friday morning, spokesman Raj Shah said without specifying a time.

In a Twitter post that acknowledged the misgivings of fiscal conservatives, the Republican president said after signing the measure, "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military" with additional funding.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the agreement was "a genuine breakthrough" and addressed other Democratic priorities although Senate Democrats have shelved their strategy to use the budget fight to obtain immigration concessions and extend protections for the so-called Dreamers. While the government's ability to spend money was set to expire, there were not any immediate effects.

In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is opposing the deal and pressuring House Speaker Paul Ryan, to promise an open debate on legislation to protect the DREAMers - something McConnell has promised Senate Democrats.

But before we get to what he had to say, you'll need a recap of what the Kentucky senator did to annoy Dent.

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The House did pass a continuing resolution on Tuesday, funding the government through March 23.

Senate and House leaders waited Paul out, and acted as soon as their rules allowed.

"My commitment to working together on an immigration measure that we can make law is a honest commitment", he said.

If it does not, the result would be an actual shutdown, the second of 2018, after a three-day shutdown in January. The debt limit would be suspended through March 2019, putting the next vote on it safely past this year's midterm elections.

But both of Louisiana's USA senators cast votes against the package, decrying the deficit-boosting two-year agreement as reckless spending. "To me, it looked like he was clueless", said Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.

"[Pelosi] is always very persuasive but she wasn't trying to persuade", said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond.

He added that the accord includes a sizable disaster relief package that will help Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas recover from Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey past year.

"The reason I'm here tonight is to put people on the spot", Mr. Paul said.

The White House is preparing for the second United States government shutdown in three weeks, after the budget deal negotiated by Republicans and Democrats was delayed in the Senate. Many Democrats see the spending bill as their only point of leverage to shield those immigrants.

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