Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump to sign US spending bill into law on Friday: White House

Trump to sign US spending bill into law on Friday: White House

Congress ended a five-hour government shutdown early Friday morning after the House supported a massive bipartisan budget deal that adds hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending.

The bill passed the House with a vote of 240-186, but has already drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.

He begins the statement with, "This is no way to run a country".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earlier Wednesday said she would not support the legislation because it does not provide protections for the more than 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It also includes: $6 billion to fight the opioid crisis; $5.8 billion for child care development block grants;$4 billion for veterans medical facilities; $2 billion for medical research; $20 billion to augment existing infrastructure programs; and $4 billion for college affordability. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delayed consideration of the bipartisan budget package in that chamber past midnight.

NY senator, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said Trump's comment speaks for itself.

Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, while acknowledging that both sides had to make "painful" concessions to strike the deal, called it a "win for the American people" and a "genuine breakthrough".

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., called the spending bill "a debt junkie's dream", adding, "I'm not only a no".

The House on Tuesday night voted 245-182 to fund a stopgap bill to keep the government running through March 23. It was the government's second shutdown in three weeks, and most lawmakers were eager to avoid a big show of dysfunction in an election year.

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Voting in the House is now underway.

A stopgap bill to keep the U.S. government from another shut down have been approved by the house of representatives on Tuesday.

No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL, a leader in the immigration fight, said the budget pact "opens the door" for Senate votes on protecting the young immigrants.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on February 8 opposed a bipartisan budget deal and delayed a vote on the measure in the Senate, calling the GOP "complicit in the deficits".

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", he said. Really who is to blame?

Pelosi continued to press Ryan for a promise to bring an immigration measure sponsored by Reps. "But the amusing thing is you know so often in the media we hear 'we want you to work together.' They are are working together but working together to spend a ton of money".

Republican Representative Kristi Noem told Reuters she voted against the bill because it increases non-defense spending and raises the federal debt ceiling. Up to the final minutes, it was not clear the bill would pass in the House, and many Democrats held their votes, allowing the tally to creep slowly and giving no indication which way it might fall. "Let the chips fall where they may", she said.

Democrats want to extend the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which lets the immigrants temporarily live and work in the US but that Trump would end March 5.

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