Senate Okays Budget Bill In Bid To Halt US Government Shutdown

Senate Okays Budget Bill In Bid To Halt US Government Shutdown

Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. "Yes, we need more spending on defense", said Senator Sasse.

The House narrowly passed the budget accord in the pre-dawn hours, ending a brief government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs. "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"

The two-year spending pact will let lawmakers spend $300 billion more than current law allows. President Trump signed the bill shortly after. Many Democrats were displeased about the bill not addressing immigration and DACA while some Republicans were opposed to the large increases in spending. Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being "complicit" in the looming return of trillion-dollar budget deficits.

The US government technically ran out of money at the stroke of midnight.

Thanks to the support of some Democrats, the bill passed in the Senate, despite a rebellion by 67 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives.

But a vote hit a snag over Paul's objections to hundreds of billions of dollars of additional spending included in the legislation.

He said their actions amounted to rank hypocrisy.

Many Democrats support the budget deal, but were unhappy with the compromise because it doesn't tackle immigration - specifically addressing the plight of DREAMers, including the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the US illegally after being brought to the country as children and who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to expire on March 5.

The bill, announced Wednesday, represented a rare bipartisan achievement.

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