What's In The Budget Deal Congress Passed To Reopen The Government?

White House tell agencies to prepare for shutdown as Rand Paul holds up key vote

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President Donald Trump signed the sweeping budget bill into law after it was approved by Congress, ending the government shutdown that lasted around five hours. The House voted 240-186 to approve the bill just before dawn Eastern time, hours after the Senate had approved the measure on a 71-28 vote.

President Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to announce that he signed the bill and "JOBS" were coming.

Government shuts down, debate continues 01:06A senior administrative official said the White House has been instructing agencies to begin shutdown preparations in the event that Congress failed to pass a budget before the midnight deadline. And that was before Paul, a Republican, made public his dissatisfaction with the deal - which would raise government spending, avert a government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling.

The deal may have many winners, particularly the Pentagon, but it has produced one clear loser - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, or "Dreamers", that Democrats had vowed to protect.

Republicans disagreed with former President Barack Obama's trillion-dollar deficits, but it appears they support their own, with the exception of Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said on the Senate floor.

The House and Senate approved a bill to keep the government funded through March 23, overcoming opposition from liberal Democrats as well as tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits. "To me, it looked like he was clueless", said Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. "We love and need our Military and gave them everything - and more", he said.

In a statement, U.S. Representative Katherine Clark of Melrose applauded the bill's spending measures, including funding for community health centers, but indicated she voted against it because Ryan "refuses to bring any immigration legislation forward even though there are bipartisan immigration bills drafted and waiting".

But, House Speaker Paul Ryan called the legislation a "true compromise measure", saying, "This agreement will also allow us to step off this carousel of short-term funding bills that do nothing but hurt our military, and stymie out ability to focus on other important agenda items".

A leader of the GOP's fiscal conservatives, Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, said he understands the frustration.

Congress has been dragging its heels on passing a long-term budget deal, which lead to a short government shutdown last month. Under Senate rules, lawmakers had to wait an "intervening day" before they could vote on that procedural motion, unless they got an agreement from all 100 senators to speed up the clock.

Federal funding for government services expired at midnight local time when the Senate missed a voting deadline.

The enormous increases in defense spending agreed to by lawmakers on Friday go beyond what Trump ask for.

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 a year ago.

The proposal contains United States $165,000 million in additional defense spending and U.S. $131,000 million in spending on internal issues such as health, infrastructure or against the opioid crisis, according to Reuters. He said electing more Republicans would be necessary to controlling non-defence costs, and he said the debate over DACA will kick off now that the funding agreement is passed. "I think we will", Ryan said on Hewitt's radio show earlier Thursday. "We know that because we live in Florida; we've seen our constituents suffering from it".

It also extends the US government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.

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