USA govt second shutdown | Rand Paul protests budget deal

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The Senate voted early Friday morning, before sending the bill to the House where its future was less certain. Mazie Hirono (D-HI). "An overwhelming majority of the public supports legislation to protect Dreamers".

While Democratic leadership is telling members to vote against the bill, some Democrats, especially more moderate members, are expected to vote for it.

Donald Trump signed the two-year spending bill into law around 8.40am on Friday, tweeting: "our military will now be stronger than ever before".

"The compromise we have reached will ensure that for the first time in years, our armed forces will have more of the resources they need to keep America safe", McConnell said in the Senate on Wednesday.

The deal would extend the current level of federal funding until March 23, allowing congressional appropriators time to craft the details of a longer-term plan.

"It has required concessions, sometimes painful, by both sides", said Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer.

Mr Paul was seeking a vote on reversing spending increases and refused to speed things up when he was denied.

You can bet that if Democrats had shut down the federal government twice in four weeks, that's something that Fox News would be talking about until basically the end of time. "I feel good about it", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told radio host Hugh Hewitt in an interview Thursday morning. From there, the bill would go to the House for a vote in that chamber - then to President Donald Trump's desk for signature.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul intentionally stalled the vote, running out the clock in a move to protest what he says is runaway spending.

"Why reward bad behavior", Cornyn added.

This disdain was shared by other Republicans.

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Sen. John Thune called it "a colossal waste of everybody's time".

The deal was long expected to have bipartisan support to pass in the Senate.

Conservatives, including the hard-right Freedom Caucus, were deeply opposed to the deficit spending in the bill.

Trump plans to end that program, which protects illegal immigrants brought to the children, next month unless Congress acts.

But House Democrats' whip against the bipartisan budget deal was all over the place on Thursday.

"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", said Paul on the Senate floor, delaying the budget vote until after the midnight deadline, according to the Post.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would oppose the deal because it does not include protections for the Dreamers, young undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Most Democrats in the House voted against the spending bill, trying to use it as leverage to get a vote on immigration. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky begged his home-state colleague to stop his dilatory tactics and offered to let him make his point with a procedural vote. She led Democrats in reiterating that demand in a letter to Ryan sent just after the shutdown began at midnight.

"I ran against the devastating effects of the budget sequester on our national defense, and this deal lifts this harmful policy so that Secretary Mattis can combat the readiness crisis and rebuild our military to defend us against 21st century threats", she said.

The House of Representatives cleared the measure early Friday morning in a 240-186 vote, with 73 Democratic members voting for passage.

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