Senate votes to end government shutdown, House votes next

Anger rises from left as DACA left out of budget deal again

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The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate early on Friday morning in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the government's business.

To understand Wednesday's spending deal, go back to 2013, when then-President Barack Obama signed a bill that was a series of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

He begins the statement with, "This is no way to run a country".

The bill increases defense discretionary spending by $80 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 and $85 billion in Fiscal Year 2019. It also includes: $6 billion to fight the opioid crisis; $5.8 billion for child care development block grants;$4 billion for veterans medical facilities; $2 billion for medical research; $20 billion to augment existing infrastructure programs; and $4 billion for college affordability.

"It's a good deal", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.

Long-term budget deal has been finalized by the major Senate leaders on Tuesday, which is a sweeping deal that could preclude the government shutdown and hit a combat on improving immigration next week. This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes.

It also would increase the government's debt cap, preventing a first-ever default on United States obligations that looms in just a few weeks.

Passage of the plan would ease the brinkmanship over spending that roils Washington so regularly that financial markets barely flinch anymore at the threat of a government shutdown. "I don't think the government will shut down".


The deal, negotiated by congressional leaders and unveiled late Wednesday evening, infuriated conservatives who objected to the plumped-up domestic spending, and the last-minute, dark-of-night deal.

After Paul's delay the measure was easily passed, 71-28.

"If you're against president [Barack] Obama's deficits, but you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he boomed, adding that he wants his fellow lawmakers "to feel uncomfortable" over the impasse. Really who is to blame? They supported a short-term spending bill that didn't address immigration because McConnell promised he would allow debate on immigration legislation.

Other Democrats registered their disappointment with the lack of provisions on DACA and illegal immigrant Dreamers.

"This bill represents a significant, bipartisan step forward".

But Pelosi said Ryan's words fell short, accusing him of not having "the courage to lift the shadow of fear from the lives of" Dreamers who face the prospect of deportation.

House Republicans can pass the bill without any Democratic support if no more than 23 of their own defect. "Her team was in on it", said top GOP vote counter Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. The caps deal will likely need Democratic support and some Democrats have been emphatic that they don't want to agree to raise budget caps until they have assurances that recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, will be protected.

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