Rand Paul: I'm Not 'Rubber Stamp' on Spending Bill

Rand Paul: I'm Not 'Rubber Stamp' on Spending Bill

However, the government is shut down because they missed the midnight deadline, but opened back up again shortly before 6 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosts spending and swells the federal deficit, ending a brief federal government shutdown that happened while most Americans were sleeping and most government offices were closed, anyway.

The fleeting government shutdown began after Republican Sen.

The debate in the upper house of Congress over a bipartisan budget deal that will unlock funding for federal agencies is scheduled to restart at 12:01 a.m., according to a message on the Senate website.

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Screen Shot Scott Wong Twitter

USA politicians have passed a bipartisan budget agreement, ending the second government shutdown in as many months.

The legislative package assigns budget figures for the next two fiscal years but only funds the government until March 23. Rand Paul, who took to the Senate floor to express his dissent to the budget plan while demanding a vote on an amendment to it that kept the strict spending caps in place.

Many of his Republican colleagues are objected to his protest.

The bill was later passed in the House despite opposition from both Republican and Democratic members.

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In a statement, U.S. Representative Katherine Clark of Melrose applauded the bill's spending measures, including funding for community health centers, but indicated she voted against it because Ryan "refuses to bring any immigration legislation forward even though there are bipartisan immigration bills drafted and waiting".

The bill also provides $90 billion for disaster relief following the extreme hurricanes and wildfires this past year.

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.

Importantly, Ryan said, a two-year budget deal will enable Congress to "step off this carousel of short-term funding bills" and focus on other issues.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday warned that putting Trump's bill on the House floor means "no immigration bill and no help for the DREAMers". "Her team was in on it", said top GOP vote counter Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

"I can't in all good honesty and all good faith just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", he said. "Both parties. We have a seven hundred page bill that no one has read that was printed at midnight", said Paul.

Sen. Rand Paul, center, takes a brief break from the floor of the U.S. Senate to pose for a photo with Rep. Justin Amash, left, and Rep. Thomas Massie in Washington, DC, on February 8.

Pelosi was the chief architect of a failed strategy to use Democratic leverage on the budget to try to force GOP leaders to agree to legislation for younger immigrants whose protection against deportation under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, expires next month. The debt limit would be suspended through March of 2019, putting the next vote on it safely past this year's midterm elections. A few hours later, racing the bill through procedures that normally take hours, the House passed the bill 240-186, with 67 Republicans and 119 Democrats opposed, and 167 Republicans and 73 Democrats in favor.

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