After brief government shutdown, parties agree to spending bill

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

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

Paul pushed a set of Senate votes into early Friday.

For the second time in three weeks the U.S. slipped into a government shutdown after Republican senator Rand Paul made a one-man protest against the proposed spending Bill.

Just a few hours before the deadline, Paul took to the Senate floor to demand a vote on an amendment to keep budget caps in place, then launched into a filibuster that lasted into the small hours of the morning.

The measure increases military and non-defense spending by $300 billion dollars, extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, includes $20 billion for infrastructure programs and adds nearly $90 billion in disaster funds. While fiscal conservatives were way of adding billions of dollars to the national debt two months after passing a $1.5 trillion (Dh5.5 trillion) tax cut package, liberals were in revolt because the deal does nothing to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Paul had said on the Senate floor late Thursday, "I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

This disgusting deal was strongly supported by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). He noted that the bill is almost 700 pages long, nobody in the Senate has read it, and it will add more than a trillion dollars to the deficit.

Paul's one-man push to hold the Senate floor for as long as possible was met with criticism from both sides of the aisle.

While Paul's performance in the Senate strained the patience of his colleagues, he focused on the same concern that caused so many House Republicans to oppose the bill - deficit spending.

Eleven Democrats and independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont also voted no.

It wasn't Paul, after all, who brought the government to the brink of shutdown by stalling for weeks and waiting until the final hours before coming up with a potential compromise. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

The president, who signed the bill early on Friday, said the military "will now be stronger than ever before".

Friday's vote in the House culminated in a freakish standoff, with Democrats holding back the vast majority of their votes to show just how many Democratic votes Republicans needed to pass the bill.

Now, he said, negotiations can start on immigration policy. The GOP-controlled chamber needed help from House Democrats to clear the bill, and 73 Democratic members gave it. Sixty-seven House Republicans voted against the plan.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Thursday that Democrats may have enough leverage to force Ryan's hand.

Flake said Trump "sees a political downside of not fixing" DACA.

Senate GOP leaders, however, were clearly irked.

There's no question that conservatives are in full revolt over the budget deal. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said he didn't know how long it would take to resolve the issue and said there are other procedural steps Paul could take to get a vote that leaders were talking to him about.

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