US Senate agrees to temporary budget to prevent shutdown

US Senate agrees to temporary budget to prevent shutdown

The House narrowly passed the budget accord in the pre-dawn hours, ending a brief government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs. Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote. The bipartisan plan would raise defense and non-defense spending by $300bn and provide billions of additional dollars in disaster relief funding for areas ravaged by wildfires and hurricanes past year. The two-year pact, which also continues the government's authority to borrow money, postpones any possible federal default or likely shutdowns until after the November elections. That omission largely explains why a quarter of Senate Democrats and two-thirds of House Democrats voted no, and why immigration now because the next battle.

But the 652-page budget bill says nothing about protection for the "Dreamer" immigrants.

The newspaper praised Senate leaders for talking to each other and dealing in good faith. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, unveiled the deal on Wednesday during a floor speech.

"It's the wrong thing to do because it's not consistent with what we told the American people we were going to do, and what they elected us to do", said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.


House Democratic leaders opposed the measure - arguing it should resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the USA illegally as children - but not with all their might.

Trump wasn't helping matters on the budget front, either, when he said on Tuesday, "I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this (immigration) stuff taken care of". He also wants reductions in legal immigration, including limiting the relatives whom legal residents can sponsor and eliminating a lottery that offers visas to residents of diverse countries. This is a deal where we have a few democrats in the Senate dictate what this President and this Congress does.

The most promising outcome may be a narrow bill extending DACA protections for a year or so and providing some border security money for Trump.

CHIP, which provides health coverage to 9 million kids, recently had its funding extended for six years as part of an agreement to temporarily keep the government open last month.

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