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House passes funding package, with cross-party effort
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The house of representatives voted to authorize early Friday, a massive budget package that raises the spending caps, while funding the government through March 23, the end of a short shutdown after a stormy night on Capitol Hill.
The 240-186 vote sends the 400-billion-U.S.-Dollar spending plan of President Trump, who has promised to sign it.
The budget deal, which includes keeping a stopgap temporary measure to run the government, $ 300 billion more for the military and other programs over two years The agreement also adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically motivated increase in the government borrowing cap and a goody bag of health and fiscal requirements.
Passage of the measure came over the opposition of the Democratic leader, called for to protect the promise of a vote “dreamers,” immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.
Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the budget plan a “real compromise.”
“My commitment to work together on an immigration measure that we can do, the law is an obligation,” he said.
Democrats such as house Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wanted to help a commitment to a bill to “Dreamers”. Such measures of protection ends at the beginning of March, a result of President Trump termination of Obama’s Deferred action for Childhood arrivals, or daca, program.
The Budget agreement is so important today for our great military. It ends with the dangerous animals and is Secretary Mattis, what he needs to make America Great. Republicans and Democrats need to support our troops and support this bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 7. February 2018
But the bigger drama was played out on the Senate side. A last-minute maneuver by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the delayed consideration of the bipartisan budget package in this chamber after midnight.
All of Senator Rand Paul calls for is a 15-minute vote on his amendment to restore the budget caps. He is ready to go at any time. https://t.co/GhCO6I1OFm
— Sergio Gor (@SergioGor) 8. February 2018
The result: the government suffered a short-term shutdown in the early hours of the morning, when most would never feel the impact.
Paul, though, objected to the fiscal-conservative grounds that the plan in an irresponsible manner broken through budget caps and would grow the deficit even more.
“I ran for office, because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” the Kentucky senator said. “Now we have the Republicans hand-in-hand with the Democrats offers us the trillion-dollar deficits. I can’t look in all honesty the other direction.”
At one point, by the evil sen. Thom Tillis, R-N. C., took the Senate to lambaste Paul for what Tillis described as “theatre.”
Pelosi: grandson wished he had “brown skin, brown eyes.”
“We can now give the assurance that people expect the government to be open, or we can play this game until 1 a.m.,” said Tillis, who remembers Paul, “you have to convince, 51 or 60 senators, your idea is good enough to support.”
“You can do as you want, but points are forgotten,” Tillis added. “There’s not a whole history books about the great points in the U.S. Senate.”
Shortly after 10 p.m., Senate majority whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, the six independent unanimous consent requests to hold a vote on the budget. Each time, Paul objected.
“I don’t know why we’re burning time here,” Cornyn said, before Paul “effectively shutting down the government … for no real reason complains.”
“It makes no sense to me,” Cornyn added. “It will accomplish nothing.”
As Paul, the Trump administration announced that it was preparing for a “drain” in the Mediterranean, suggesting that the officials expected that a short shutdown.
The Senate finally approved the bill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, praised the plan in a statement shortly after the vote, writing that “the funds for education, infrastructure, the fight against drug abuse and medical research, which increases for the first time in years, very significantly, and we have to deliver in Washington on a path to more help for the middle class in the future.”
Late Thursday, the house GOP leaders advised members to prepare for votes “very roughly, between” 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock on Friday.
Trump is pushing to support the Republicans and the Democrats, the Senate, tweeted that lawmakers “need to support our troops and the support of this bill.”
The house freedom Caucus, in the chamber’s fiscally conservative wing, also against the bill out of concern that it would lead to more government spending.
“The … group refuses to increase the deal, the spending caps that said on the discretionary spending of almost $ 300 billion over two years,” the 30-strong group, on Wednesday. “We support the funding for our military, but growing the size of government by the 13 percent is added to the sump instead of draining. This is not what the American people sent us to do here.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.