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House OKs budget deal, ending shutdown

House OKs budget deal, ending shutdown

Sen. Rand Paul did not share the urgency.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget said it was preparing for a shutdown if the bill did not pass on time.

In Washington's latest display of governance by brinkmanship, the bipartisan accord bolstering military and domestic programs and deepening federal deficits crossed the finish line just before dawn - but not before the government shut down overnight.

Leaders in the Senate had hoped the bipartisan package, which covers the remainder of this fiscal year and next, would end what has been a series of stopgap measures and shutdown threats, including the three-day disruption in January.

Paul, making use of Senate rules that allow individual senators to slow down proceedings that often require the consent of all, demanded a vote on his amendment that would demonstrate how the two-year budget deal breaks past pledges to rein in federal spending.

Paul objected after a visibly irritated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tried to move to a vote. The senator direly predicted a "day of reckoning", possibly in the form of the collapse of the stock market.

Portman has been a leader in the Senate advocating for additional funding and more tools to combat this epidemic. I should receive more next year when tax time arrives. Democrats intensified their efforts to communicate they would hold firm in an effort to pressure Republicans to offer a commitment for a floor vote on immigration. And despite initially suggesting that she would not be urging fellow Democrats to follow her lead, she increasingly appeared to be doing exactly that. They don't have the votes. "This is what we believe in", according to one House Democrat in the room, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the private conversation.

Pence says he has been in contact with the White House legislative office and President Donald Trump about the shutdown, but indicates he hasn't been directly involved in conversations with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Supporters of these immigrants have watched in growing outrage as Democrats have failed repeatedly to achieve results for the cause. "I didn't come up here to be liked", Paul said.

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Paul explained in an interview with Fox News Thursday afternoon why he's blocking the vote on the measure, which includes a bipartisan budget deal to lift spending caps. "I feel good about it", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told radio host Hugh Hewitt in an interview Thursday morning.

The Kentucky senator occupied the chamber floor for much of the evening Thursday, batting back sharp admonitions from GOP colleagues to relent and running out the clock as he criticized his party for failing to adhere to 2011 budget caps and fiscally conservative principles.

Just how many Democrats would come on board was a key question up until the final moments, as liberals were unhappy about the bill not addressing immigration and conservatives oppose the increased spending. 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.

The Senate is likely to vote to reopen the government in the wee hours Friday. All they have to do - I told him this at 11:00 a.m. this morning - give me 15 minutes to debate, 15 minutes to vote and we could have been done by noon.

Congress is aiming to prevent a government shutdown on Friday by passing a new spending bill by Thursday at midnight.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is celebrating a new a budget agreement as providing needed funding for health, drug abuse and social service programs. The cost of those provisions exceeds $560 billion, though lawmakers included some revenue-raising offsets, such as increases in customs fees and a sell-off from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. "We've increased the funding over this fiscal year and last fiscal year by $1.4 billion through CARA and CURES, but we must do more". I agree with many of his concerns about deficits and debt.

This spending bill, proposed amid an economic boom, could be the last major piece of legislation passed before November's midterm elections, barring a breakthrough on the thorny immigration debate.

The deal includes an extension of the government's debt ceiling to March 2019. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for US states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires previous year.