Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown

White House tell agencies to prepare for shutdown as Rand Paul holds up key vote

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A brief United States government shutdown ended on Friday after Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone.

The House of Representatives passed the bill in a 240-186 vote to end the shutdown in the wee hours of the morning while most Americans were asleep.

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

After the showmanship of a lone senator dragged out the voting process in Congress and led to a brief government shutdown, USA lawmakers on Friday finally did what they had planned to do. The budget agreement will set spending for programs for the next two years - if they stick to it.

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", he said.

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Aside from deriding the GOP's disregard for ballooning the federal debt, Paul said on the floor that the goal of his filibuster was to get a vote on an amendment to preserve the budget caps in the Budget Control Act of 2011 rather than expand them under the new legislation.

"If you're against president [Barack] Obama's deficits, but you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he asked, adding that he wanted his fellow legislators "to feel uncomfortable" over the impasse.

With the immigration fight looming, Congress voted overnight to finance the government through March 23, giving budget-writers time to craft detailed legislation funding agencies through the rest of this fiscal year. "I didn't come up here to be liked", said Paul, whose actions during a seven-year Senate career make it likely that many colleagues would silently answer, "Mission accomplished".

After an all-night session of debating and voting, the bill ending the shutdown finally won House passage only after Democrats provided enough votes to offset the opposition of 67 Republicans, a remarkable rebellion in the party's ranks.

Lawmakers are struggling to develop a bipartisan solution that would include $25 billion that Trump wants for his promised border wall and other border security measures.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan had not offered Pelosi an equivalent guarantee in the House, although he said in a speech before the vote on Friday that he would push ahead for a deal.

In the House, many Democrats remain dubious because the bill does not offer relief to Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, who were protected from deportation by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump rescinded a year ago. He also called the bill a "big victory" for the military.

There was far less drama in the Senate, where the measure sailed through by a 71-28 tally once Paul's protest ran its course.

A leader of the GOP's fiscal conservatives, Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, said he understands the frustration. "I think we will", Ryan said on Hewitt's radio show earlier Thursday.

Our government could cut military spending, and increase resources to help with the student debt, as well as other social programs. There's also $16 billion to renew a slew of expired tax breaks that Congress seems unable to kill.

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Democrats did manage to get $6 billion in funding to deal with the opioid crisis and drug addiction, one of their key demands, and the package includes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure fix and improvement. "We know that because we live in Florida; we've seen our constituents suffering from it".

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