US Congress approves bill ending brief gov't shutdown

US Congress approves bill ending brief gov't shutdown

US Congress approves bill ending brief gov't shutdown

At 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, the government's funding ran out - leading to a another government shutdown. GOP Sen. Rand Paul to blocked a vote on the bill for six hours, causing the brief shutdown as the vote slipped past midnight.

It was a valid concern after Pelosi spoke for just over eight hours about the plight of the Dreamers and the need to install permanent DACA protections after Trump ended the Obama-era program last September.

The government will also continue running through at least March 23 with funds appropriated in the deal through a so-called continuing resolution.

Still, lawmakers' inability to keep open the government underpinning the world's largest economy pointed to acute legislative dysfunction that has paralyzed Congress and forced the government to operate on one short-term spending bill after another since the fiscal year began October 1. We must pass this budget agreement first, though, so that we can get onto that.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to the Capitol as the Senate continues work on ending the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2018.

The bill was approved by a wide margin in the Senate and it survived a rebellion of 67 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives, thanks to the support of some Democrats.

Yes. Senate leaders used the three weeks to hash out a two-year, $400 billion budget agreement.

But Paul refused to yield and allow an early vote, forcing a shutdown while highlighting his policy priorities about excessive government spending.

Congratulations to Senator Paul, Congressman Meadows and the very few conservatives who stood tall and voted against this bill.

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"I want people to feel uncomfortable", he said.

When asked whether he was anxious about taking the blame for the situation, Paul told Politico, "No". "They don't have the votes". 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.

Hours before the shutdown took effect, a visibly irritated McConnell tried to move to a vote, but Paul objected. House conservatives have the same objections as Paul, arguing that it will pave the way for big spending and ballooning deficits. The senator direly predicted a "day of reckoning", possibly in the form of the collapse of the stock market. Instead, they offered him a procedural vote, which Paul declined. "The chance to demonstrate fiscal discipline was on the tax vote", said Sen.

"Why reward bad behavior?"

Congress also passed a tax reform bill in December that the Congressional Budget Office figured would swell deficits by $1.5 trillion over a decade. Paul says, "My intention has never been to shut down government".

Paul slammed his colleagues for "hypocrisy" and lack of fiscal restraint, as well as a lack of a fair and open process.

"It's a colossal waste of everybody's time", said Sen. The budget will put the USA on track to reach a $1 trillion deficit. Sure, people had their issues with the thing-House conservatives like Mark Sanford hated the $300 billion price tag; House Democrats like Nancy Pelosi wanted a commitment from Paul Ryan that he would hold a vote on DACA legislation; and market experts were (and are!) deeply anxious that increasing deficits will further freak out investors.

Trump himself tweeted that the agreement "is so important for our great Military", and he urged both Republicans and Democrats to support it.

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