Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Fri. 10:31 am: Trump signs budget deal, government reopens

Fri. 10:31 am: Trump signs budget deal, government reopens

It is hoped that the House would pass the bill on time for it to be signed by the president before resumption of work Friday morning, so the shutdown could be ended quickly with no telling interruption in the federal government operations.

Members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus said they could not vote for the bill because of its debt and spending increases.

He placed the blame for the bill, however, on Republicans, who, in his mind, turn off their conservatism the moment they get elected.

The measure represents a bitter defeat for many liberal Democrats who sought to use the party's leverage on the budget to resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the US illegally as children.

"A fifth CR, while one party controls all levels of government, shows the Republicans' inability to govern", said House Democrat Nita Lowey, referring to continuing resolutions that keep the government funded at the same level as the previous year.

Sen. Rand Paul had temporarily held up the proceedings across the Capitol, sending the government into an official shutdown - already the second of the year.

Paul continued to pile on Republicans for their support of the spending bill in order to avert a looming government shutdown.

The Senate is expected to vote around 1 a.m. (0600 GMT), with a House vote expected sometime later.

Earlier, US Congress missed the deadline to renew funding for government needed to prevent the shutdown. It also raises the government's debt ceiling until March 2019.

The legislation funds the government through March 23 while lawmakers work on an appropriations bill with the levels set out by Congress. Congress will then have to pass appropriations legislation for the current fiscal year that ends September 30 and the following year.

The Senate has reached a budget deal.

"I ran for office because I was critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said on the floor, "Now we have Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion dollar deficits".

After the $400 billion spending plan was passed in the Senate, it was then passed to the House where it was approved with a 240-186 vote.

It also provides a massive $90 billion disaster relief package and funding to address the nationwide opioid abuse crisis.

Liberal Democrats meanwhile opposed the deal because it does not include an agreement to protect from deportation hundreds of thousands of "Dreamers", young people brought illegally to the United States as children.

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