Rand Paul Causes Brief Government Shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer D-N.Y. left and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. walk to the chamber after negotiating an agreement in the Senate on a two-year almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domest

The bill, backed by Republican President Donald Trump, would end for some time the fiscal policy squabbling that has consumed Congress for months.

Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. For far too long, we've asked the military to do more with less, and function under the uncertainty of short-term funding bills and budget caps. "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!" tweeted the President.

Senators eventually voted to approve the deal early Friday. Rand Paul prevented the deal from advancing Thursday.

There's no obvious compromise that could win the 60 votes from Republicans and Democrats needed to prevail in the Senate. The bill was expected to pass, but vote counts remained unclear Friday morning. The drama - and the shutdown - threatened to stretch into dawn as the budget bill moves to the House, where its fate remains in uncertain amid bitter divisions in both parties.

But Trump is expected to unveil on February 12 a fiscal 2019 budget plan that will be based on rosy assumptions, including economic growth of 3.2% next year, a White House official said. Many were sheepish about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits. The Senate had passed it by 71 to 28 three hours earlier.

He added: Make no mistake, I will always stand up for fiscal responsibility, regardless of which party is in power, and I will continue to call the Republican Party home to the ideas that led to Americans trusting us with government in the first place.

That strategy provided several minutes of heightened drama on the House floor, as Republicans looked nervously up at a board that displays votes by member's name and the yes votes hung around 150. "I would argue that it's time to vote".

Many lawmakers on both sides had issues with the deal as it was presented. "It really is frustrating, at this late hour, that we can't even get a committment from the Speaker of the House".

It also extends the U.S. government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.

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Under Senate rules, Paul had to relent at 1 a.m. Friday, when Senate leaders won a motion to take up the bill and then ushered it toward final passage. After little action Thursday, a single senator dug in, forcing the Senate to stall and miss the midnight deadline.

In a moment of candor unappreciated by his colleagues, Paul tartly noted, "The hypocrisy is astounding". This will undoubtedly anger many conservative voters throughout the nation who worked tirelessly to give Republicans control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, praised the measure, which addresses mental health issues, the opioid crisis, and provides funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, community health centers and defense.

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"I ran for office because I was very critical of [former] President [Barack] Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said.

The Senate's Majority whip sounded a bit frustrated by the holdup. Sen.

Ahead of the vote, Ryan told lawmakers that he was committed to working toward a bipartisan immigration deal that Trump would support. The budget agreement will set spending for programs for the next two years - if they stick to it.

Cornyn pointed out, "It takes unanimous consent to get an amendment". "We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign".

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