US President signs major budget bill


President Donald Trump signed a two-year budget agreement that will boost federal spending by nearly $300 billion and suspend the debt ceiling for a year, ending a brief partial government shutdown that began at midnight when lawmakers missed a funding deadline.

The budget accord got delayed in the Senate past the midnight deadline despite a strong endorsement from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY and backing from Trump.

The House voted 240-186, with 73 Democrats and 167 Republicans voting in favor. Rand Paul of Kentucky blocked plans for a quick Senate vote because of his spending concerns. The deal gives appropriations committees in both houses of Congress time to craft a detailed spending plan that will fund the government through September of 2019.

The underlying bill includes huge spending increases sought by Republicans for the Pentagon along with a big boost demanded by Democrats for domestic agencies.

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Paul delayed the final Senate vote until after a midnight deadline when funding for the government ran out and a partial shutdown took effect.

Objections to increased domestic spending were also raised by a group of Republican conservatives in the House.

The president made a follow-up tweet minutes later, calling for the election of more Republicans in the upcoming 2018 elections.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat who represents a swing district in IL said she voted for the bill because she didn't think DREAMers needed to be "jumbled together" with spending legislation.

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"If you were against President Obama's deficits and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he said, adding later, "Are we to be conservative all the time or only when we're in the minority?" 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.

Paul voted for the deficit-financed tax bill in December. "So if we can negotiate a deal like I think we've gotten that essentially meets every other one of our priorities then I think that's where a lot of the Democrats are".

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. But some Republicans, including Paul, objected to busting spending restrictions and Democrats objected because it didn't solve the status of the DREAMers, those people whose parents brought them to the US illegally as children. "Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now!" "I can't in all honesty look the other way".

In doing so, he forced the vote procedurally to occur after 1 a.m. ET on Friday, after government funding expired.

The breakdown came largely in the senate, when, after a day of inaction, Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky went rogue and stalled a vote in protest over his party's willingness to burst the budget.

Eleven Democrats and independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont also voted no. He said again Thursday he was determined to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year — albeit only one that has President Donald Trump's blessing.

The deal contains far more money demanded by Democrats than had seemed possible only weeks ago. Many Democrats see the spending bill as their only point of leverage to shield those immigrants.