Congress passes budget deal to reopen government

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The Senate-crafted bill, backed by Trump, although he played little role in its drafting, would end for many months, at least beyond November's midterm congressional elections, the fiscal policy squabbling that has consumed Congress for months.

But those arguments failed, as a majority of both parties voted 71-28 at 1:52 am to approve the two-year budget deal unveiled on Wednesday, which included full funding for the military, and temporary funding for the rest of the federal government through March 23. Without Paul's support for a unanimous consent request (where one Senator can object) to move the vote up to an earlier time, the procedure-restrained chamber had to wait until after midnight, thus shutting down the government, to pass the bill.

Tea Party Republicans fought against deficits during Barack Obama's presidency, tamping down spending.

On Friday, the US government was shut down for the second time in three weeks after senators struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Sen.

The legislation stalled in the Senate Thursday night, missing the midnight deadline when Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky refused to vote on time because he wanted to reverse spending increases. It passed that chamber with a vote of 240-186, ending the brief government spending lapse.

"I ran for office because I was critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said on the floor.

Ryan had insisted that immigration legislation would be the "next big priority", but the speaker has also said he is waiting for Trump's sign-off on any bill, leaving Democrats doubtful he would consider a bipartisan effort.

The McCain-Coons proposal complements a House bill that was introduced last month.

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The Senate was expected to schedule a vote on the measure at 1:00 am and, if it passes, send it to the House of Representatives and then on to President Donald Trump for his signature as early as Friday, but his administration was already preparing for a shutdown.

Paul's blockage of the Senate vote didn't sit well with some of his colleagues.

The deal had been expected to sail through the Senate, and the House had planned to vote on it later Thursday, until Paul took his stand. "Please, please, please give us that opportunity", Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) said.

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

Still, it represented a bitter defeat for Democrats who followed a risky strategy to use the party's leverage on the budget to address immigration and ended up scalded by last month's shutdown.

Beyond $300 billion worth of increases for the military and domestic programs, the agreement adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions. "No", Paul said. "I think it's an important enough thing that we should have a discussion over", Paul said. However, the bill still passed with bipartisan support. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who kept debate open on the floor of the Senate for much of Thursday evening to protest the massive increase in the debt.

McConnell and his negotiating partner, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY, figured they'd get that agreement.