Trump Signs Spending Bill to End Brief Government Shutdown

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Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money". News outlets had indicated how this one was going to sail through the Senate earlier Thursday, after which the House would bat it around awhile before taking a vote later in the day.

"My commitment to working together on an immigration measure that we can make law is a honest commitment", Ryan said just before the vote. If it is, there would be no practical interruption in federal government business. This is the second government shutdown in three weeks.

For the Senator, the Republican leaders in Congress (Ryan and McCarthy) still don't recognize that the constitutional crisis in which the country is gradually submerged has been caused by President Trump, "and demands immediate action".

Earlier Friday morning, the White House told reporters that the President would sign the legislation, but did not provide guidance on exactly when that would be.

"The Office of Management and Budget is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations", an OMB official said.

Federal funding for government services expired at midnight local time when the Senate missed a voting deadline.

In spending, it's a huge win for Democrats, but they did not get the assurances they wanted on DACA, meaning House Republicans are free to bring up an immigration bill that they want rather than one that hews closer to Democratic priorities. "The reason I'm here tonight is to put people on the spot".

"I can't in all good honesty and all good faith just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", he said. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!

McHenry called the Democratic caucus "fractured", a word that has been more often used to describe House Republicans.

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The major funding commitments come on the heels of passage of a massive tax cut law, adding to the concerns of those anxious about fiscal responsibility. With no offsets in the form of other spending cuts or new tax revenues, that additional spending will be financed by borrowed money. "I want them to have to answer people at home who said 'how come you were against President Obama's deficits and then how come you are for Republican deficits?' Isn't that the very definition of intellectual dishonesty... isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?"

"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits".

"But really, who's to blame?"

Democrats "ripping themselves apart" over a bipartisan agreement with wins for their party "doesn't make any damn sense", McHenry said. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made a last-minute stab at reminding his party that it used to care about the deficit.

It also suspends the federal debt ceiling through March 1, 2019.

That step alone would help reduce uncertainty in U S financial markets at a turbulent time.

Most Democrats opposed the measure, following the lead of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who tried and failed to use the moment to secure a promise for a separate vote on immigration.

The Senate was supposed to be the easy crowd on this bill.

"I see Republicans producing a bigger number than we have on big agreements traditionally, especially since 2010 taking the majority", McHenry said.

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