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What's In The Budget Deal Congress Passed To Reopen The Government?

12 Febrero 2018, 01:23 | Crisanna Felipe

What's In The Budget Deal Congress Passed To Reopen The Government?

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The House voted 240 to 186 in support of a bipartisan package that extends funding until March 23, and which will reopen government hours after a conservative senator forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline, sparking the shutdown. After he signed the bill to re-open the government, President Donald Trump tweeted that the bill is a big victory for our military.

The twin votes put to rest a brief federal freeze that relatively few would notice.

Wall Street's main stock indexes climbed more than 1 percent on Friday, giving investors some solace after a week of huge swings that shook the market out of months of calm.

The brief shutdown follows a three-day shutdown last month that came about because of numerous same spending and social issues.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, criticized Paul on Twitter. Rand Paul prevented the deal from passing Thursday. Paul took advantage of Senate rules to delay a vote on the budget bill until early Friday morning, after the midnight shutdown deadline. The bill now moves to the House.

The bill was later passed in the House despite opposition from both Republican and Democratic members.

The House could be called into session at any moment. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it.

Once Paul time was up, the measure, backed by the Senate's top leaders, sailed through the chamber by a 71-28 vote.

On Capitol Hill, a vocal coterie of hard-right lawmakers, including class of 2010 standout Sen. Trump did not tweet on the issue Thursday and aides did not try to assign blame. John Thune, a member of the GOP leadership, said. In his attempt to sway Paul to relent, Texas Sen.

In the end, even his fellow Republicans were pissed off. But Paul, the resident contrarian, repelled suggestions to stand aside.

Mr Paul was unfazed, saying: "I didn't come up here to be part of somebody's club".

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

Kellyanne Conway, the president's adviser, told Conspiracy Talk News that the agreement offers long-term budgetary certainty and funding for government priorities, including infrastructure and funds for the military.

A band of tea party Republicans was also against the legislation over what it sees as spiralling spending levels.

"For too long, America's men and women in uniform have faced budget uncertainty that has challenged our military readiness and threatened their ability to safely train for their missions", said Scalise, the majority whip, who helped shepherd the bill through the House.

The bill was the result of a grand bargain with Senate Democrats, who also insisted in an increase in domestic spending.

The massive federal spending deal struck by Capitol Hill leaders from both parties came packed with goodies in a buffet created to let lawmakers of both parties find something they liked.

In the end, however, Democrats declined to hold the spending bill hostage over immigration.

Senate Democrats had no appetite for another shutdown.

That included $12.3 billion for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency and ordered a more rapid buildup of the nation's missile defenses as North Korea has refused to back away from developing nuclear missiles capable of striking the United States. That omission largely explains why a quarter of Senate Democrats and two-thirds of House Democrats voted no, and why immigration now because the next battle. The point, he explained to irritated colleagues, was to be a pain in the ass.



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