U.S. government shuts down for second time


It was the second shutdown this year under the Republican-controlled Congress.

But the libertarian, failed 2016 GOP presidential contender and "wacko bird" - a moniker an angry Sen. However, Senate leaders anxious that if Paul was able to introduce an amendment other senators would make a similar demand, and with the government shutdown looming, a full-blown amendment process seemed out of the question. "When Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party, and when Republicans are in power, there is no conservative party". "I can't in all good honesty and all good faith just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits". In a feisty speech from the Senate floor, he demanded a vote for an amendment he is pushing that would restore budget caps that the spending deal seeks to lift.

As the clock hit midnight, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney immediately implemented plans to close non-essential government operations, said spokesman John Czwartacki.

Later, the Senate voted 71-28 to re-open the federal government.

Yes. Senate leaders used the three weeks to hash out a two-year, $400 billion budget agreement.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) effectively shut down the government himself, at least for a few hours.

The White House backs the Senate deal.

Pence is set to lead the USA delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday evening.

"It has required concessions, sometimes painful, by both sides", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-New York.

The bill is opposed by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi because Republican House leaders will not guarantee her that they will allow a debate later on about taking steps to protect about 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation. This time it was a Republican's turn to throw a wrench in the works. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican who has backed the agreement, said on Thursday morning he believed there would be enough votes to pass the budget deal in that chamber.

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That day, the stakes couldn't have been higher, but these guys all ended up doing the right thing at the right time. And I was like 'Gee this hurts.' And I don't remember it hurting that bad in the moment.

The deal is the fifth temporary government funding measure for the fiscal year that began on 1 October and replenishes federal coffers until 23 March, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget.

"I didn't come up here to be part of somebody's club". Senate leaders hope to approve the measure Thursday and send it to the House for approval.

McConnell has also been supporting the agreement: "Short-term funding bills have handicapped our military's ability to engage in long-term planning and investment".

Several fiscal conservatives in the lower chamber joined Paul in baulking at adding billions of dollars to the national debt two months after passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut package.

President Donald Trump signed the sweeping budget bill into law after it was approved by Congress, ending the government shutdown that lasted around five hours.

The Dreamers were shielded from deportation under the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Many were sheepish about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits. "That's a commitment that I share", Ryan told reporters Thursday. There's also $16 billion to renew a slew of expired tax breaks that Congress seems unable to kill. "I think we will", he said in a radio interview. Jeff Flake, Republican from Arizona. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money".

"Give us a chance to allay the fear that is in the hearts of these Dreamers and their families, and remove the tears from the Statue of Liberty observing what is happening here", she said.

His actions mean he is single-handedly propelling the government to a shutdown.

Shortly before midnight Wednesday night, McConnell took to the Senate floor to file the budget deal legislative text and file cloture on it. CNN reports staff was drafting the legislation until right before it was filed - a reminder, this is a very, very wide ranging, large scale deal.

The agreement would increase the government's borrowing limit to prevent a first-ever default on United States obligations that looms in just a few weeks.