Trump signs $400 billion budget bill, ending shutdown and increasing military spending

Ryan and other GOP leaders spent Thursday attempting to shore up support among conservatives for the budget plan

DACA authorizes temporary legal status and provides work permits for undocumented immigrants, often called Dreamers, who meet qualifying requirements including being brought to the children.

The government has been operating on funding from a series of short-term spending measures.

As of Thursday evening, Congress looked poised to pass its massive spending bill and avoid its second shutdown of the year. Rand Paul repeatedly held up votes on the budget plan, protesting its likely contribution to budget deficits that are soon to top $1 trillion.

The bill now moves to the House.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, criticized Paul on Twitter.

"Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond", Trump said.

He then tweeted: "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military".

The Trump administration is preparing for the second federal government shutdown in as many months. Most importantly, after years of underfunding and budget uncertainty, this agreement fully funds our military at the level requested by Secretary Mattis and our generals.

While the Senate was always projected to have enough votes to pass the plan, the House was not as sure of a lock heading into the evening.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and others in her party had opposed Friday's bill because Republican House leaders would not guarantee her a debate later on bipartisan steps to protect about 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation. She says the Senate agreed to the formula in an effort to get more overall funding for hospitals during last year's budget negotiations.

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

The House voted 240-186 to technically "re-open" the government after GOP Sen. "Once we get this budget agreement done - and we will get this done for no matter how long it takes for us to stay here - we will focus on bringing that debate to this floor and finding a solution".

Their fate was thrown into limbo last September after Trump rescinded Obama's immigration policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). "It is as simple as that", said Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a longtime Democratic advocate of immigration reform.

Other areas of conflict between the two chambers include environmental spending, and money for affordable housing. He also wants reductions in legal immigration, including limiting the relatives whom legal residents can sponsor and eliminating a lottery that offers visas to residents of diverse countries.

He added: "Make no mistake, I will always stand up for fiscal responsibility, regardless of which party is in power, and I will continue to call the Republican Party home to the ideas that led to Americans trusting us with government in the first place".

President Donald Trump applauded the passage of a bipartisan budget deal to break the short-lived government shutdown, but also bemoaned some of the deal's increased spending. The setback left party members divided.

Paul's objection drew an angry response from a fellow Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who argued America's military desperately needs additional funds after years of budget caps that constrained both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

The situation was trickier in the House after liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives both swung into opposition. Jeff Flake (R) of Arizona. "But I would say, really, primarily, this is coming from Congress. Leadership in Congress in both the House and Senate has made a decision to move forward".

Time ran out on lawmakers looking to pass a two-year topline budget agreement and a six-week continuing resolution to keep the government open after midnight February 8. Next week the White House is expected to announce a $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal that would require $200 billion in government funding - 10 times what was allotted in the just-passed spending bill.


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