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Trump signs bill after brief wait Friday morning

Trump signs bill after brief wait Friday morning

Republicans were sheepish about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits.

Essential government functions will continue regardless.

The federal government just technically shut down again, for the second time in three weeks. "To me the main thing is funding the military".

The Kentucky Republican explained in an interview with Fox News Thursday afternoon why he's blocking the vote on the measure, that includes a bipartisan budget deal to lift spending caps.

Two hours after the setback, congressional leaders scrambled to end the standoff, and senators eventually voted 71-28 to approve the deal, with the bill moving to the House of Representatives for a further vote.

He says senators will likely pass the bill, adding, "They'll be exhausted and ornery, but it's their own fault".

Just because leaders are urging a no vote, however, doesn't mean they're truly pushing Democrats to vote down the spending bill.

Hoyer's overture comes as Republican Sen.

Trump's administration was already preparing for a halt in operations.

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

"We do support the two-year spending bill", White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters at the daily briefing. The senate can move as fast - or slow - on those as senators allow.

"We took an official position last night to say we can't support this", he told CNN on Thursday. Republicans control both chambers of Congress.




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

Lawmakers are facing a midnight deadline.

Despite timing issues forcing another short shutdown, the Senate is expected to pass the bill. Enraging the leaders of his own party in the Senate, Paul insisted that his behavior was the only way to make them listen.

Democratic leadership in the lower chamber opted to vote against the bill - arguing by passing a deal on caps they lose lose leverage in immigration negotiations.

Senate leaders have agreed on a two-year budget plan, but it's facing tough resistance in the House. The Democrats' lead in recent so-called generic ballots has fallen to about 6 percentage points, from about 13 points at the end of previous year, according to a FiveThirtyEight estimate. He spoke as he left a closed-door meeting of party lawmakers. Even people whom you might expect to vote no ― for example, Freedom Caucus member Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) and former Freedom Caucus member Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) ― were sounding noncommittal either way on Thursday.

In last month's closure, the vast majority of Senate Democrats voted to block a bill that would have kept the government open, only to retreat a few days later and agree to end the closure.

Early Friday morning, President Trump signed the bipartisan budget deal that sailed fairly smoothly through Congress once a vote was able to occur.

The move essentially started a race to the next deadline - the scramble to reopen the government before federal employees were due to report for work. But between Schumer's endorsement of the deal and Trump's signal that he'll sign it if it reaches his desk, it's clear that the 60 votes needed for it will be there.

The measure - which would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with around $400 billion in new spending - was destined for overwhelming Senate approval, no matter what Paul did. That additional spending worries some deficit-minded Republicans, and some Democrats are unhappy that immigration isn't part of the measure.

And liberal stalwarts including top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi were also in revolt because the deal does nothing to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The White House backs the Senate deal.