Brief Government Shutdown Ends As Budget Spending Bill Is Passed
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Within the day after the government briefly shut down for the second time (midnight on Feb. 8, 2018), both the House and Senate voted and passed a new government spending bill early this (Friday, Feb. 9, 2018) morning, with 240-186 vote, sending the $400 billion spending plan to the President. President Donald Trump signed a bill with massive spending increases, including a stopgap temporary measure to keep the government running, nearly $90 billion in funding for disaster relief efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas, a two-year $300 billion boost in spending on military and domestic programs, two year funding for community health centers to fight the opioid crisis, and extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for an additional four years.
House Democrats gave Speaker (R) Paul Ryan the votes he did not have from his own party, after Democrats threatened to bring the bill down because it did nothing to protect the Dreamers (young undocumented immigrants), ensuring the passage. Just before the vote, Speaker Paul Ryan voiced his support for a debate on immigration to the House floor, rather than a concrete promise for support for the Dreamers, as Democratic leaders had wanted.
The delay was caused by Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, preventing the deal from being passed before the Thursday deadline. Paul slammed his Republican colleagues for “hypocrisy” for not pursuing fiscal austerity and curtailing a ballooning national debt.
More than 80% of the Americans are in support of the Dreamers. Senators such as Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi will continue to try to negotiate for legislation that would support a moral response to the Dreamers.
The Senate finally passed the measure, 71 to 28, shortly before 2 a.m. The House followed suit around 5:30 a.m., voting 240 to 186 for the bill.
To see the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, please click HERE.
You may also be interested in: CBO Finds Budget Deal Will Cost $320 Billion
You may also be interested in: CBO/JCT at Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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