Donald Trump Signs Bloated Bipartisan Spending Bill; Hails 'Big Victory' for Military

As the Budget Vote Nears the House Remains a Bitter Tossup

"But at the same time she is part of the negotiations for this deal, and a lot of her members knew that it was the responsible thing to do to get this bill passed", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told reporters after the vote. The drama - and the shutdown - threatened to stretch into dawn as the budget bill moves to the House, where its fate remains in uncertain amid bitter divisions in both parties.

House conservatives balked at the measure for increasing the deficit in conjunction to increasing the debt limit, arguing it's fiscally irresponsible.

It was the second shutdown this year under the Republican-controlled Congress and Trump, who played little role in attempts by party leaders this week to end months of fiscal squabbling.

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.

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The deal passed by a Republican-controlled Congress should also finally shatter the myth that budget deficits matter to either party, since the agreement not only exceeds the limits imposed by the Congress' own 2011 Budget Control Act, but because it will also drastically increase United States public debt, which now stands at $15 trillion (€12.26 trillion). Their sweeping tax overhaul bill approved in December will add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the national debt over 10 years. Rand Paul, who delayed the passage of the bill by calling a vote on an amendment he proposed to prove that the planned $300-billion hike violated the government's commitment to rein in federal spending.

"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way just because my party is now complicit in the deficits". There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for U.S. states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires previous year. He predicted Ryan would lose 60 to 70 Republican votes when the budget deal comes to the House floor. "I want people to feel uncomfortable".

Paul's protest forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline for passing a funding measure to keep the government operating.

The bill was meant to avoid another government shutdown like the last one - a three-day closure in January. Ryan hasn't scheduled House consideration, infuriating Democrats, but he said Friday, "We will focus on bringing that debate to this floor and finding a solution".

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The shutdown in Washington came at a sensitive time for financial markets.

On Beacon Hill, lawmakers and Baker administration officials who spent previous year trying to fend off federal spending cuts will now spend time sifting through the bill to learn exactly how the new investments will affect MA residents and state programs that rely on federal funds.

"But really, who's to blame?" "She negotiated the deal, her team was in on it, she acknowledges it, she says they have wins in it and they were a 'no.' And at the end, her team broke".

In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is opposing the deal and pressuring House Speaker Paul Ryan, to promise an open debate on legislation to protect the DREAMers - something McConnell has promised Senate Democrats.

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The bill includes huge spending increases sought by Republicans for the Pentagon along with a big boost demanded by Democrats for domestic agencies.

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