Rand Paul was right

Party donkey icon is seen in a candy shop in Asbury Park New Jersey U.S

Party donkey icon is seen in a candy shop in Asbury Park New Jersey U.S

The United States' second shutdown in three weeks ended on Friday, after the president signed a almost $400bn funding bill that narrowly passed Congress only a few hours before.

As the deadline at midnight to avert the government shutdown crept closer, both Republicans and Democrats grappled with internal party divisions pushing the budget deal showdown vote to early morning Friday. President Donald Trump tweeted that he signed the bill, which will reopen the government.

The new budget bill would raise military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.

The House of Representatives joined the Senate in the early hours in voting for the package, by 240 votes to 186.

Many Democrats support the budget deal, but were unhappy with the compromise because it doesn't tackle immigration - specifically addressing the plight of DREAMers, including the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the US illegally after being brought to the country as children and who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to expire on March 5.

Trump argued that Republicans' slight majority required congressional leaders to agree to include "much waste" and increased spending in the legislation in order to secure support from Democrats.

Senator Rand Paul on Thursday night blocked the Senate from a vote on the budget measure, saying it will add further debt and fiscal deficit. Republicans would use that as a campaign slogan every single election from here to eternity, and yet here we have Republicans twice in four weeks shutting down the federal government and acting as if it's somehow the Democrats' fault. "We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign".

Importantly, Ryan said, a two-year budget deal will enable Congress to "step off this carousel of short-term funding bills" and focus on other issues.

Several lawmakers on the left and right opposed the bill, including conservative Republicans who objected to the large spending increases.

Congress had hoped to pass a bipartisan two-year spending bill before a midnight deadline on government funding. The bill won House approval only after Democrats provided enough votes to offset the opposition of 67 Republicans.

The breakdown came largely in the Senate, when after a day of inaction, Republican Sen. Protection for the Dreamers under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, formally expires March 5 and there's no sign that lawmakers are making progress on an agreement to extend the program.

McConnell and his negotiating partner, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY, figured they'd get that agreement. "I want them to have to answer people at home who said 'how come you were against President Obama's deficits and then how come you are for Republican deficits?' Isn't that the very definition of intellectual dishonesty... isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" Instead, Paul said: "I'm also not advocating for keeping the damn thing open and borrowing a million dollars a minute".

"I don't know why we are basically burning time here", an exasperated Cornyn said.

"I can keep them here until three in the morning", Paul said on Fox News Thursday evening.

The bill also provides $80 billion in disaster relief for hurricane devastated areas in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, as well as aid for places affected by wildfires.

Activists have staged large-scale protests and sit-ins demanding Democrats take a stand on immigration.

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