Another government shutdown looms as budget deal hits snag in Senate
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 12, 2018,
Feb 12, 2018, 0:43
Our government could cut military spending, and increase resources to help with the student debt, as well as other social programs.
The budget bill raises military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.
With that signature, it was expected to be business as usual in the nation's capital after the unforeseen hiccup in the plan by leaders of Congress to fund the government for another six weeks, through March 23, when Sen.
The Republican Party was once known for fiscal conservatism, but congressional Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the USA budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt. Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (R-Ky.) held up the vote. It includes spending for both domestic programmes and funding for the military that President Donald Trump has sought. "I can't.in good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits".
The deal also provides substantial disaster relief to hurricane ravaged areas in Texas and Florida, funding to combat the opioid crisis, 10 years for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and a suspension of the debt ceiling deadline for another year. He predicted Ryan would lose 60 to 70 Republican votes when the budget deal comes to the House floor.
"While I am pleased we have moved all of our agenda items out of the Senate, there is much work to be done on these issues as they move through the House of Representatives, and as we consider bills that have come over from our colleagues in the House", Long said.More news: Decision on Zuma imminent - Ramaphosa
At about 1:30 a.m. - an hour and a half after the government ran out of money - the Senate easily approved the legislative package 78-21 that its two party leaders had negotiated for a bipartisan breakthrough.
But Mr Paul refused to yield and allow an early vote, forcing a shutdown while highlighting his policy priorities about excessive government spending.
" There was no attempts to intimidate anybody or shame anybody", said Rep. John Yarmuth, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee.
The shutdown in Washington came at a sensitive time for financial markets.
President Trump in September said he would end an Obama-era program that granted legal status and work permits to the DREAMers, who could be subject to deportation as early as March 5.
The first was a result of Senate Democrats' strategy on immigration. "We will solve this DACA problem", he said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who staged her own, eight-hour talk-a-thon against the bill on Wednesday to draw attention to the plight of DACA recipients, said she would oppose the deal unless Ryan committed to vote on legislation in the House addressing their plight. Rand Paul of Kentucky went rogue and stalled a vote in protest over his party's willingness to bust the budget.