Federal government to reopen after House passes budget deal

Bloomberg  Andrew Harrer      

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

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

House speaker Paul Ryan urged congress to avoid a "second needless shutdown in a matter of weeks - entirely needless".

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said "it looked like he was clueless", while Republican Senator John Thune called the shutdown "a colossal waste of time".

South Dakota Republican Representative Kristi Noem told Reuters she voted against the bill because it increases non-defense spending and raises the federal debt ceiling.

"Three days ago, the House Republican majority sent a bill to the Senate that fully funded all our military needs and other critical priorities without additional, unnecessary increases in federal spending".

Later, the Senate voted 71-28 to re-open the federal government.

The budget agreement is aligned to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to keep the government operating and to provide time to implement the budget pact.

President Trump signed a $400 billion spending bill into law Friday morning, ending a government shutdown just as the workday was beginning.

The unexpected turn of events in the Senate underscored the persistent inability of the Republican-controlled Congress and Republican President Donald Trump to deal effectively with Washington's most basic fiscal obligations.

The US Congress ended a brief government shutdown by reaching a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $US1 trillion-a- year zone. "We are going to deliver our share of support".

House Republicans got enough Democratic votes to ensure its passage, even as some of their most conservative members announced they wouldn't vote for the package, also due to spending concerns echoing Paul's.

Some progressive Democrats, meanwhile, protested the agreement's omission of any measure to end the threat of deportation for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children. The president said lawmakers had 6 months to impose a legislative fix for the program and demanded that any solution included funding for a border wall, an end to chain migration, and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.

Concerns over lack of movement on DACA is what triggered a three-day shutdown just weeks ago on January 20, as Senate Democrats objected to any bill without a legislative fix for DACA while the White House wanted other changes to immigration law in exchange for codifying DACA.

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