Trump Backs Budget Plan: 'So Important for Our Great Military'

Trump Backs Budget Plan: 'So Important for Our Great Military'

Trump Backs Budget Plan: 'So Important for Our Great Military'

After a brief overnight shutdown, a proposed spending bill was passed in the House and signed by President Trump early Friday morning. It increases both defense and domestic spending by $300 billion over that duration.

Further, infrastructure projects and programs to fight opioid abuse would also receive funding. Rand Paul (R-KY), who single-handedly blocked action in the Senate before a midnight funding deadline, as he criticized fellow Republicans for backing a two-year budget deal which features nearly $300 billion in spending increases in 2018 and 2019.

Last month, the government shut down for three days in a dispute over undocumented immigrants brought to the country as kids, reopening when Senate Democrats accepted assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would hold a floor debate on immigration this month.

Democratic leadership in the lower chamber opted to vote against the bill - arguing by passing a deal on caps they lose lose leverage in immigration negotiations.

The colossal bill, which lawmakers have been negotiating for months, is a game-changing piece of legislation, clearing the decks for Congress in dealing with major spending issues as well as doling out disaster relief money and hiking the debt ceiling which was set to be reached next month.

McConnell had to wait until 1 a.m for his vote to pass the bill, about an hour after government funding had lapsed. The shutdown began at midnight.

"Nobody wants a shutdown", Pelosi told the House moments before the vote.

Paul, known for his libertarian leanings, said the budget deal breaks past Republican pledges to rein in federal spending.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on February 8 opposed a bipartisan budget deal and delayed a vote on the measure in the Senate, calling the GOP "complicit in the deficits".

Friday's deal allows for $165 billion in additional defence spending over two years, helping Trump deliver on his promise to boost the military. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it.

Under Senate rules, Paul had to relent at 1 a.m. Friday, when Senate leaders won a motion to take up the bill and then ushered it toward final passage. No. 3 House GOP leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana says Republicans still disagree about "how to handle this number of people that Barack Obama encouraged to come in here illegally". Really who is to blame?

Pelosi - who on Wednesday spoke for eight straight hours on the chamber's floor in opposition to the measure - said Thursday that she would oppose the bill.

Paul said during his marathon speech, which strained fellow senators' patience, that the two-year budget deal would "loot the Treasury".

The 77-year-old vowed to oppose any budget that does not include protections for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children.

"Give us a chance to allay the fear that is in the hearts of these Dreamers and their families, and remove the tears from the Statue of Liberty observing what is happening here", she said.

Meantime lawmakers are struggling to sort through a solution to protect younger immigrants soon to be at risk of deportation with Trump's elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, established by Obama.

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