Trump signs sweeping two-year budget deal

The shutdown which started at midnight was the second this year under the Republican-controlled Congress and US President Donald Trump who played little role in attempts by party leaders earlier this week to head it off and end months of fiscal squabbl

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The president made a follow-up tweet minutes later, calling for the election of more Republicans in the upcoming 2018 elections. He said again Thursday he was determined to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year — albeit only one that has President Donald Trump's blessing. Dedicated fiscal conservatives criticized the plan while others accepted it as a necessary compromise to shore up military spending and keep the government running after a short-lived shutdown last month. Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus called the deal "fiscally irresponsible".

Almost $300 billion in new spending that is included in the bill approved on Friday will mean the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019, said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a private fiscal policy watchdog group in Washington. The deficit under this bill is expected to top $1.5 trillion - up from about $430 billion just a couple of years ago. Up to the final minutes, it was not clear the bill would pass in the House, and many Democrats held their votes, allowing the tally to creep up slowly and giving no indication which way it might fall. Many Democrats lined up behind Pelosi, with 119 voting against the measure and 73 voting in favor. Democrats also experienced internal divisions, with liberals upset the measures were not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants, who were brought to the country illegally as children.

"Tonight, you could feel the frustration and embarrassment growing in Congress as we exposed the hypocrisy of Republicans who are joining in an unholy alliance and spending free-for-all with Democrats at the expense of the American people and our party's supposed principles", Paul tweeted Friday night. He said that if the legislation passed, "all the leverage is gone" to force a solution for the young immigrants.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tried and failed to use the moment to secure a promise for a separate vote on immigration.

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President Donald Trump has signed the budget deal.

The bill extends government funding through March 23 to keep agencies open while separately raising military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over two years financed through borrowed money.

House GOP leaders said they were confident they had shored up support among conservatives for the measure, which would shower the Pentagon with money but add hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation's $20 trillion-plus debt.

It's filled with long-stalled or long-sought priorities for both sides. "Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!"

The agreement also repeals a piece of Obamacare - a Medicare cost-cutting board aimed at ensuring the program's long-term solvency.


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