Congress passes spending bill to avert shutdown

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Paul noted that he and many in his party railed against deficit when Democrats held the White House, but now seemed willing to look the other way with Republicans in control. Those conservatives were mainly angry about non-military spending increases.

The Senate approved a temporary federal spending bill 71-28 after a brief government shutdown early Friday morning.

Uneasiness in the markets could be partially reduced by another part of the Senate bill, which would extend the federal debt ceiling to March 2019, preventing further confrontations over that volatile issue in Congress for more than a year.

A midnight shutdown of the government, buoyed by U.S. Sen.

Paul objected to the fact that deal would result in a significant increase in the federal budget deficit without any corresponding cuts to spending. And the second, of course, is that Rand happily voted for a tax bill last December that is expected to blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit.

Almost $300 billion in new spending included in the bill approved on Friday will ensure the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019, said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a private fiscal policy watchdog group in Washington.

Richmond also joined Graves in criticizing provisions in the $89 billion disaster-relief package tacked on to the massive spending deal.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said in a February 6 statement he thought House Republicans' priorities made great progress, especially on issues such as increased funding for K-12 schools, a strengthened workforce, the opioid epidemic and increased government efficiency.

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said. "The waste will continue and government will keep taking your money irresponsibly and adding to a 20 trillion dollar debt".

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It was the government's second shutdown in three weeks, and most lawmakers were eager to avoid a big show of dysfunction in an election year.

President Donald Trump is calling on both parties to support the deal, tweeting: "The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military". Ryan hasn't scheduled House consideration, infuriating Democrats, but he said Friday, "We will focus on bringing that debate to this floor and finding a solution".

"But really, who's to blame?"

The shutdown in Washington came at a sensitive time for financial markets.

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.

"You haven't convinced 60 or 52 senators that your idea is good enough to support", Tillis said. Liberals, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were outraged that the proposal did not include any protection for "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children who face potential deportation on 5 March.

The first was a result of Senate Democrats' strategy on immigration.

While noting he did have concerns about the amount of deficit spending in the bill, Kirshnamoorthi said he probably would've voted "yes" if Ryan had offered a more specific commitment for a DACA vote.

"My commitment to working together on an immigration [measure] we can make law is a honest commitment", Ryan said on the floor before the vote.

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