Trump signs budget agreement, ending United States govt shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office at the White House after his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington

His dissent forced the brief government shutdown, underscoring the persistent inability of Congress and Trump to deal efficiently with Washington's fiscal obligation to keep the government open.

Prior to the Senate adjourning just before 2 a.m., McConnell set up a procedural vote for February 12 on shell legislation that will be used as the vehicle for the chamber's debate on immigration.

Trump said that without more Republicans in the Senate, his administration had to increase spending on things it did not like or wanted to "take care of the military".

The president made a follow-up tweet minutes later, calling for the election of more Republicans in the upcoming 2018 elections.

The budget measure, H.R. 1892, will temporarily finance the government at current levels through March 23 while lawmakers fill in the details on longer-term spending, which includes raising the caps on defense spending by $80 billion over current law in this fiscal year and $85 billion in the one that begins October 1.

"Republican majorities in the House and Senate have turned the process into an embarrassing spectacle, running from one crisis directly into the next", Democratic Representative Nita Lowey said before the House vote. He said he could not "look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

The lapse in federal funding lasted less than 6 hours-with the government officially unfunded from 12:01 a.m. on Friday to about 5:30 a.m. when lawmakers scrambled to pass a six-week spending bill.

There's a strong possibility this "shutdown" will end even before most federal workers get out of bed Friday morning.

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There's no obvious compromise that could win the 60 votes from Republicans and Democrats needed to prevail in the Senate.

USA stocks plunged on Thursday on heavy volume, throwing off course a almost nine-year bull run. If it is not, the result would be an actual shutdown, the second of 2018, after a three-day shutdown in January.

Corker voted for the recent Republican tax cut after raising similar concerns in the weeks leading up to the vote.

"To increase domestic spending and raise the debt ceiling was coupling two very bad policy decisions and with no reforms tied to it".

Democrats also experienced divisions, largely on account of liberals upset the measure was not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants, brought into the country illegally as children.

Senate and House leaders waited Paul out, and acted as soon as their rules allowed. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money".

"My commitment to working together on an immigration measure that we can make law is a honest commitment", he said.

But Pelosi said Ryan's words fell short, accusing him of not having "the courage to lift the shadow of fear from the lives of" Dreamers who face the prospect of deportation.

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