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US President signs major budget bill

US President signs major budget bill

Trump tweeted Friday morning that he had signed the bill, writing that the US military "will now be stronger than ever before".

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky had blocked a vote in the upper house, briefly bringing the government to a halt to protest big increases in spending on the military and domestic programs.

And liberal stalwarts including top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi were also in revolt because the deal does nothing to protect immigrants known as "Dreamers", who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, from deportation.

The Senate's approval of the budget and stopgap funding package, by a vote of 71-28, meant it will go next to the House of Representatives, where lawmakers were divided along party lines and passage was uncertain.

The president, however, added that the brief shutdown and subsequent bipartisan-backed spending deal underscores the need for more Republicans to win congressional seats in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Leaders on both sides have spoken out in support of the deal, including Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader, who called it a "win for the American people" and a "genuine breakthrough". 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.




In 2013 a shutdown lasted for 16 days, after Republicans demanded the spending bill have provisions to impede or delay President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The shutdown, the second time in three weeks, started after the Senate missed the deadline for passing a short-term funding bill.

"I think we will", he said in a radio interview.

Included in the bill was a roughly $300 billion increase in spending for defense and non-defense programs over the next two years, another $90 billion in disaster-relief funding for places like Texas and Puerto Rico, and extensions to parts of the tax code and programs in Medicare. It also raises the country's debt ceiling that prevents a first-ever default by the federal government.

House Democratic leaders opposed the measure - arguing it should resolve the plight of Dreamers - but not with all their might. Mrs. Pelosi said she wanted the same commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), who has said he would only bring a bill to the House floor that had Mr. Trump's support. Ms. Fudge said she planned to vote for the budget deal, which she said contained "almost everything that I wanted".


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