Senate, House Pass Spending Bill With Health Program Funding After Brief Shutdown

GOP to play hardball with Dems on funding bill

The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate early on Friday morning in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the government's business.

During the White House event targeted on criminal threats raised by few immigrants, USA president, Donald Trump stated that, "I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of".

The bill also calls for the lifting of limits on federal spending, which would allow the repeating increases in defense and domestic budgets. The bill would also provide long overdue disaster funding for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico months after hurricanes devastated homes, infrastructure and coastlines there.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced the plan following extensive negotiations with Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was less measured, saying the White House move is "part of a unsafe and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president".

Congress has managed to pass its spending Bills on time in only four of the past 40 years, said researchers.

The measure would keep the government running through March 23 and reauthorize funding for community health centers that enjoy widespread bipartisan support. The shutdown began at midnight.

The US government has officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.

The rebellion that simmered among Republicans and Democrats over the budget agreement boiled over when a determined Paul brought the Senate's work to a halt.

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"If you're against president (Barack) Obama's deficits, but you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he boomed, adding that he wants his fellow lawmakers "to feel uncomfortable" over the impasse.

Congress has to reach a deal before government funding runs out at midnight on Thursday, when a one-month spending bill is set to expire.

Hours before the House vote, the Senate cleared the legislation on a vote of 71 to 28, with wide bipartisan support. Really who is to blame?

The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday night aimed at keeping the government open.

Republican Representative Kristi Noem told Reuters she voted against the bill because it increases non-defense spending and raises the federal debt ceiling.

Pelosi continued to press Ryan for a promise to bring an immigration measure sponsored by Reps.

But Trump is expected to unveil on Monday a fiscal 2019 budget plan that will be based on rosy assumptions, including economic growth of 3.2 percent next year, a White House official said. "Let the chips fall where they may", she said.

Both Democrats and conservatives in the House expressed reservations, with Democrats arguing they didn't want to support the bill without assurances the House would work on a permanent legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program - the Obama-era initiative that shielded from deportation foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors.

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