Congress Passed A New Government Spending Bill Amid Shutdown

Congress Passed A New Government Spending Bill Amid Shutdown

Pence is set to lead the USA delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday evening.

Mulvaney told federal agencies they should execute their contingency plans and instructed federal employees to report to work Friday to "undertake orderly shutdown activities". But the government stumbled into the shutdown, the second in three weeks, at midnight after a single senator mounted a protest over the budget-busting deal and refused to give in.

Paul said all he wanted was a vote on an amendment to restore the budget caps, set in 2011 to rein in deficit spending.

She and some Democrats say without a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan to put the DACA immigration issue to a vote, they won't back the bill.

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

He says senators will likely pass the bill, adding, "They'll be exhausted and ornery, but it's their own fault".

Earlier Thursday, the Senate voted to block a separate defense spending measure - that also included short-term federal funding - largely because it failed to fund domestic programs along with the military.

Hoyer's overture comes as Republican Sen. The aide requested anonymity because leadership deliberations are secret.

The Office of Management and Budget says it is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations.

Sen. Rand Paul is holding up a vote on the Senate budget deal, demanding more debate on the bill which will add $1.5 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. The Senate eventually approved the bill, followed by the House, after that shutdown technically started.

Both chambers of the US Congress were expected to vote on Thursday on the budget deal that would increase the US budget spending by $300 billion in two years. Lawmakers are facing a midnight deadline to pass the legislation. Then, the president still has to sign any bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won a break for tiny Berea College in his state, exempting it from a new tax on its endowments that was part of last year's GOP tax bill. "These are the reasons I am voting against this bill".

"It has required concessions, sometimes painful, by both sides", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-New York.

The deal is the fifth temporary government funding measure for the fiscal year that began October 1 and replenishes federal coffers until March 23, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget.

Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., said "do what you want to do" was the message from Pelosi.

House Democrats left a closed-door meeting on Thursday deeply divided over a path forward. Even people whom you might expect to vote no ― for example, Freedom Caucus member Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) and former Freedom Caucus member Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) ― were sounding noncommittal either way on Thursday.

That meant the bill's passage in the House was not assured. Trump plans to end that program, which protects illegal immigrants brought to the children, next month unless Congress acts.

While conservatives, such as those in the far-right House Freedom Caucus, embraced a tax overhaul past year that will expand the nation's debt, they adamantly oppose domestic spending increases that the budget deal allows.

The measure increases military and non-defense spending by $300 billion dollars, extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, includes $20 billion for infrastructure programs and adds nearly $90 billion in disaster funds.

Once known as the party of fiscal conservatism, the Republicans and Trump are quickly expanding the nation's budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.

In the early morning hours, U.S. Senate Republicans and Democrats were able to agree on a budget deal to reopen the federal government.

The bipartisan compromise would provide the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years.

But some Democrats are engaging in a high-risk, last-ditch strategy to ensure the House actually votes on immigration. The White House's plan also anticipates that the strong growth will go on for years, the official said, with 3 percent growth in 2021, only tapering to 2.8 percent in 2026.

Wall Street's main stock indexes climbed more than 1 percent on Friday, giving investors some solace after a week of huge swings that shook the market out of months of calm.