Rand Paul blocking spending vote, says can't 'look the other way'


The House narrowly passed the bill just after 5:30 a.m. EST Friday in a 240-186 vote, with 73 Democrats joining the 167 Republicans in supporting the measure.

The U.S. government staggered toward another shutdown on Thursday night after Senator Rand Paul, an outspoken fiscal conservative, single-handedly delayed Senate action on a stopgap funding bill wrapped up in a massive budget deal.

Mr Trump also wrote that the administration was forced to increase spending on "things we do not like or want" and negotiations will "start now!" on an immigration measure that he and Democrats have been battling over for months. He noted that the bill is almost 700 pages long, nobody in the Senate has read it, and it will add more than a trillion dollars to the deficit.

Once known as the party of fiscal conservatism, the Republicans and Trump approved a sweeping tax overhaul bill in December that will add an estimated US$1.5 trillion to the national debt over 10 years.

The federal government has shut down after a quarreling Senate blew a midnight deadline to pass a temporary funding bill. The House will not vote on the deal until the Senate approves it.

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

Ryan insisted he's committed to bringing an immigration bill to the floor, but said it must be one that President Trump will sign.

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. And if any amendment passed, it would blow up the budget agreement.

Budget analysts warn that the deal will herald the return of trillion-dollar deficits. Rand Paul, a conservative Kentucky Republican and one-time presidential contender, to trigger a partial government shutdown.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teed up a pivotal immigration debate for consideration next week early Friday morning, keeping a promise as soon as the Senate voted to end a government shutdown.

The bipartisan budget deal would lift strict budget caps and pave the way for lawmakers to spend an extra $300 billion over the next two years on defense and domestic programs.

But passage in the House was not assured amid opposition from some Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

House Democratic leaders opposed the measure - arguing it should resolve the plight of Dreamers - but not with all their might.

In September of a year ago, Trump announced he was ending the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival (DACA) programme, giving Congress until March 5 to come up with a permanent solution.

The Senate agreement would allow for $165 billion in extra defence spending and $131 billion more for non-military programs, including health, infrastructure, disaster relief and efforts to tackle an opioid crisis in the country. "We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign". There's also $16 billion to renew a slew of expired tax breaks that Congress seems unable to kill.

"I don't know why we are basically burning time here", Mr Cornyn said.

Looking exasperated and irritated, McConnell pleaded with his home-state colleague to end his delays and offered to let him make his point with a procedural vote.