Trump Signs Spending Bill, Praises Military Funding

Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky. walks to the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol Thursday Feb. 8 2018 in Washington

In the end, the government shut down, briefly, because of Sen. Hours earlier, the Senate had voted 71-28 in favor.

If the House passes the bill, the legislation will go to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature.

He also slammed Democrats in his morning tweets, blaming them for the massive increase in spending. Several bipartisan efforts have stalled, but on Friday Ryan offered his "sincere commitment" to address immigration with legislation on the House floor. He was upset about government spending on everything from Afghanistan to misspent funds diverted from school lunch programs, saying both parties are "spending us into oblivion".

Others on Capitol Hill called it the dumbest shutdown ever.

The bill, which includes a far-reaching agreement that increases spending limits for the next two years and raises the federal debt ceiling until March 2019, would break the cycle of government funding crises in time for what is set to be a bruising campaign for November's mid-term elections.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who backs the bill, predicted the Republican-controlled House would pass it. His caucus has formally opposed the deal.

That won over many Republicans, but some were furious over the $131 billion extra made available for non-military spending, including health and infrastructure. The program, which provides legal protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children, is due to expire in early March unless Congress acts.

"Perhaps as early as this morning, the president of the United States might sign that meaning the American people can wake up today with confidence", said Texas Republican Sen. On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) spoke on the floor for eight hours, extolling the virtues of immigrants and demanding a bill to protect those brought into the U.S. illegally as children.

" There was no attempts to intimidate anybody or shame anybody", said Rep. John Yarmuth, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee.

This brief shutdown would be the second this year, following a three-day partial shutdown in January.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., filed a motion to end debate on the budget deal late Wednesday night. Nine Senate Democrats would need to vote for it in order to ensure its passage, however, and no such support is forthcoming. But House Democrats say they still have not gotten satisfactory assurances from Speaker Paul Ryan.

"He needs us", she said.

He is pointing to upcoming talks on immigration, writing, "Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now!" "Once we get this budget agreement done - and we will get this done for no matter how long it takes for us to stay here - we will focus on bringing that debate to this floor and finding a solution".

This time around, the shutdown had little to do with immigration, at least at its outset. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held up the Senate's vote in opposition to the plan's revenue hikes, which he anxious would balloon deficits.

"A country can not go on forever spending money this way", said Paul.

"I know he wants to make a point". "Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits".

The Senate is just coming out of recess, to vote on the budget, which means the shutdown may only last a matter of hours. "The outcome of this vote will not be any different after the regular time expires than it would be if we had that vote at 10:30 [p.m.]". First time this has happened in a long time.

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