USA federal shutdown at hand after fiscal hawk's dissent

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       The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington on Jan. 21 2018

Eventually, the Senate voted for the bill and sent it to the House, where 67 Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber voted against the plan and 73 Democrats voted in favor of the bill.

United States President Donald Trump on Friday signed a combined funding and budget bill that was passed by Congress hours earlier and will increase federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, bringing an end to the second government shutdown this year.

Paul's objection drew an angry response from a fellow Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who argued America's military desperately needs additional funds after years of budget caps that constrained both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

He calls the spending plan a "BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes". But it represented a bitter defeat for many liberal Democrats who sought to use the party's leverage on the budget to resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the USA illegally as children.

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

The breakdown came largely in the Senate, when after a day of inaction, Republican Sen.

"She negotiated the deal".

Schumer said he hopes that House Speaker Paul Ryan will do what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to do and hold a "fair and open process" to debate a measure to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants. Just three weeks ago, Senate Democrats sparked a three-day partial government shutdown by filibustering a spending bill, seeking relief for "Dreamer" immigrants who've lived in the country illegally since they were children.

"I ran for office because I was very critical of president Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said.

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Senate leaders had celebrated the budget deal as a sign they had left behind some of their chronic dysfunction.

Despite the 77-year-old Pelosi's public talkathon, she was not pressuring the party's rank-and-file to oppose the measure, Democrats said.

About $165 billion would go to the Pentagon and $131 billion to non-defense programs.

Even without Pelosi, House passage of the budget bill was widely expected, because it includes more money for disaster relief, infrastructure and healthcare, which Democrats favor.

Beyond $300 billion worth of increases for the military and domestic programs, the agreement adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions. By ensuring stable government funding, the budget agreement removes the threat of a shutdown from Democrats' arsenal, disappointing those who had wanted the minority party to wield it in the coming fight over immigration.

The agreement would increase the government's borrowing cap to prevent a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks.

The deal is the fifth temporary government funding measure for the fiscal year that began on 1 October and replenishes federal coffers until 23 March, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget.

Early Friday morning, Congress passed a colossal spending bill that will raise the debt ceiling and provide a 13 percent increase in across-the-board government spending. "I didn't come up here to be liked", Paul said.

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