US Gov't Shuts Down Again as Congress Misses Deadline

NATION-NOW     How one GOP senator – Rand Paul – could trigger a government shutdown     
       How Rand Paul could trigger a government shutdown by himself

NATION-NOW How one GOP senator – Rand Paul – could trigger a government shutdown How Rand Paul could trigger a government shutdown by himself

The shutdown happened even as a bipartisan spending bill that would have averted it awaited a vote in the Senate. Regardless of the wisdom of his methods, the Kentucky senator was exactly right that, with this deal, the majority of the GOP has proved itself willing to forfeit the party's supposed commitment to fiscal responsibility in order to obtain increased military spending.

"If we have to shut it down because the Democrats do not want safety, and unrelated but still related, they do not want to take care of our military, then shut it down", the president said.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill: Do not", Ryan said at a news conference. The Pentagon will see more than $160 billion in additional funding over the next two years under the agreement, which scrapped the caps on federal spending that had been imposed in 2011.

The legislation suspends the debt ceiling through March 2019.

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 US$20 trillion national debt over 10 years.

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. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election! There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for USA states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires a year ago. The House rushed to approve its version, wrapping up the vote just after 5:30 a.m. President Donald Trump promised to sign the bill as soon as it reached his desk. While the government's ability to spend money was set to expire, there were not any immediate effects.

Essential government functions will continue regardless. He had harsh words for his own party.

Republicans were sheepish about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits.

"But really, who's to blame?"

Congress has until midnight to pass a spending plan to avoid a government shutdown.

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said.

But the delay to the vote that pushed it past midnight put the government in a brief shutdown while congressional proceedings continued into the early morning. Sen.

The proposal would raise the United States debt ceiling until March 2019. "You haven't convinced 60 senators or 51 senators that your idea is good enough for them to support", Tillis said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and many other Democrats oppose the budget deal because it does not address DACA. In January, after a three-day closure, Senate Democrats secured from GOP leaders the promise of a debate and vote on a deal to protect the younger immigrants from deportation.

But the deficit spending in the bill will add more red ink to Washington's balance sheet and further underscore a shift in Republican thinking that Paul was trying to draw attention to.

"There is no willingness to do anything except less than the bare minimum, and when we do act, it's for things that shouldn't be passed in the first place", Goodin said.

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