Second Government Shutdown was Brief

Trump Signs 2-Year Spending Pact

With the bill being signed into law it will keep the government running until late March.

President Donald Trump signed a major and hotly debated budget deal into law early this morning. "Yes, we need more spending on defense", said Senator Sasse. First time this has happened in a long time.

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 USA 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.

A band of tea party Republicans swung against the legislation as well, repelled by its spiraling spending levels.

While praising the military spending, Trump lamented that Republicans were forced to compromise due to their slim majority in the Senate, where the GOP holds 51 seats and the Democrats 49. "But no, we do not need more across-the-board spending on every single government program every single bureaucrat ever imagined".

The Senate has passed a two-year budget bill and sent the legislation to the House for approval in a bid to end a shutdown of the United States government, the second in three weeks.

The Senate has passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government.

The bill faced similar opposition in the House from fiscal conservatives who saw it as a broken promise to their base. Rand Paul from Kentucky had filibustered the vote on Thursday.

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