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Shutdown Ends as Congress Approves Two-Year Spending Bill

Shutdown Ends as Congress Approves Two-Year Spending Bill

Senate finance chair and Utah Republican Orrin Hatch said he had "a rough time" finding meaning in Paul's protest.

The brief shutdown follows a three-day shutdown last month that came about because of numerous same spending and social issues.

The rebellion that simmered among Republicans and Democrats over the budget agreement boiled over when a determined Paul brought the Senate's work to a halt.

But the delay to the vote that pushed it past midnight put the government in a brief shutdown while congressional proceedings continued into the early morning. Sen.

But the libertarian, failed 2016 GOP presidential contender and "wacko bird" - a moniker an angry Sen.

More: What's in the whopping budget deal Congress passed?

"I didn't come up here to be part of somebody's club". Republican defense hawks got a whopping 10 percent increase for military spending, while Democrats can claim an equally whopping 10 percent increase for domestic, non-military spending.

The House of Representatives joined the Senate in the early hours in voting for the package, by 240 votes to 186.

"I ran for office because I was critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said on the floor.




It also would increase the government's debt cap, preventing a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks. Rand Paul from Kentucky had filibustered the vote on Thursday. The bill tacked on $130 billion in extra domestic spending as well, something that Democrats had insisted on, and will increase the federal deficit. He wrote on Twitter Friday that "you could feel the frustration and embarrassment growing in Congress as we exposed the hypocrisy of Republicans who are joining in an unholy alliance and spending free-for-all with Democrats". With the expiration deadline just three weeks away for the Obama-era program that allows young immigrants living in the USA illegally who were brought to the country as children to remain there, Democrats ultimately did what they earlier said they wouldn't: vote for a long-term budget deal that does not provide a solution for the "Dreamers". He said he could not "look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits". "He wanted a debate and a vote on something important", Stafford said. He said the 652-page measure was "printed at midnight" and was a bill that "no one has read".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moves next to the hard issue of immigration, with a procedural vote set for Monday.

Paul deserves to be praised for his willingness to expose them for it. The bill contains several controversial provisions, such as a new voucher program to give bullied students scholarships to attend different schools, and a requirement that teachers unions reapply for certification if they fall below 50 percent membership in their district.

"I don't know why we're burning time here", he groused. In doing so, Paul forced the vote procedurally to occur after 1 a.m. ET on Friday, after government funding expired.

Paul came to the Senate in 2009 after defeating a GOP primary opponent that McConnell had actively supported.

"Sen. Paul has some concerns he wants to be able to voice", Cornyn told reporters.

"The reason I'm here tonight is to put people on the spot", Paul said on the floor. "I think he takes policy disputes in hand".

What made coming to an agreement easier was the fact that the deal reached by Congress fulfills the wishes of key factions in both parties. President Barack Obama cut them almost in half in his second term.


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