Donald Trump signs deal to end second government shutdown


There was uncertainty about the timing of Trump's signing, and the Office of Personnel Management, which manages the federal workforce, still had an alert on its website early Friday morning that stated that due to a "lapse in appropriations, federal government operations vary by agency".

The 240-186 vote sends the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it.

The House Freedom Caucus, the chamber's fiscally conservative wing, also opposes the bill out of concerns that it would lead to more government spending.

Congress approved a major budget deal early Friday morning, voting to end a brief government shutdown overnight.

The deal, the fifth temporary funding measure for the fiscal year that began October 1, replenishes federal coffers until March 23, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget. Some conservative Republicans blasted the added spending as a surrender to fiscal insanity.

Fiscal conservatives in the lower chamber may join with Paul in balking at adding billions of dollars to the national debt two months after passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut package.

Congress, after a short government shutdown last night, has approved a two-year budget agreement that would provide an additional $165 billion in defense spending.

There was also $89.3 billion for hurricane aid, to help deal with damage in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Stocks plunged on Thursday on heavy volume, throwing off course a almost nine-year bull run.

The bill includes massive spending increases for the military that Republicans wanted along with a big boost in domestic spending demanded by Democrats. He had harsh words for his own party. "I want people to feel uncomfortable. I can't in all honesty look the other way". Really who is to blame?

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The Senate is expected to vote and pass a budget compromise Thursday but the House is not yet on board.

Republican Representative Kristi Noem told Reuters she voted against the bill because it increases non-defense spending and raises the federal debt ceiling.

United States budget hawks have labelled a plan to hike defence and domestic spending by hundreds of billions of dollars as a debt-ballooning "monstrosity". They say Nunes' memo is designed as a distraction from the probe, which is looking into whether Trump's campaign was in any way connected to the Russian interference.

In debate on the House floor, most Democrats focused on the issue of DACA and the Dreamers, demanding a vote on legislation dealing with that immigration matter.

Other Democrats registered their disappointment with the lack of provisions on DACA and illegal immigrant Dreamers.

Meantime lawmakers are struggling to sort through a solution to protect younger immigrants soon to be at risk of deportation with Trump's elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, established by Obama.

Trump urged Congress to act before then.

Raising the budget caps has been on the table for months but has always been entangled with the contentious immigration debate. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money".