Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
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White House backs budget deal

White House backs budget deal

As a technical matter, the government remains shut down until the president signs the bill.

Jim Jordan, leader of the budget hawk Freedom Caucus, labelled the plan a "monstrosity", and fellow Freedom Caucus member Mo Brooks called it a "debt junkie's dream".

On the Senate floor Thursday night, CBS News reported Paul railed against his own party for allowing greater spending, deficits and ultimately debt.

Some Democrats are not happy about the the budget, despite Senator Chuck Shumer, the party's leader in the senate showing support for it saying it will end the cycle of spending crisis even though the bill does not cover immigration, one of major talking point for the Democrats, in the past months.

Paul argued the bill's $400 billion increase to defense and non-defense spending over the next two years shows that "Washington is broken" and is "spending money like it's out of control".

It also extends the United States government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.

"I'll support it", Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said.

"I'm confident there's not going to be a government shutdown, and there shouldn't be", Collins said.

President Donald Trump congratulated Congress for passing a two-year budget agreement on Friday, painting the massive bill as a win for the military.


Making an appearance in the White House briefing room, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said he felt happy that Congress recognises the "sobering effect" of budgetary uncertainty on America's military and on the men and women who provide for the nation's defence.

The proposal was contested by both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

"Just signed Bill", Trump tweeted.

"They're selling out our kids and grandkids by making them suffer under the burden of tens of trillions of dollars in debt that they can not possibly pay", said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-AL.

The other potential roadblock is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. She has been speaking on the House floor for hours, since about 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, to demand a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on bringing immigration legislation to the House floor.

The move still depends on the House, though, which first needs to vote to pass the budget deal negotiated in the Senate and fund the government.

"What are you afraid of?"

"Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage".

After those six weeks, if lawmakers can't reach a long-term deal, the government could be facing another shutdown, yet again.

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