Funding for the federal government lapsed at midnight after Kentucky Republican Rand Paul stalled a Senate vote on a far-reaching budget agreement to fund the government through 22 March, while also eliminating caps on government spending and suspending the debt ceiling for the year. Paul push the final vote past the midnight deadline when funding ran out and the shutdown started.
The two-year deal increases domestic spending by $131 billion and defense spending by $165 billion, while providing almost $90 billion in disaster aid for Texas, Florida, California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The bill also included a one-time emergency influx of about $90 billion to help with ongoing recovery efforts for the hurricanes and wildfires that have hit the U.S.in recent months. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delayed the vote on the bipartisan measure to rail against his fellow Republicans for acquiescing to more spending than they ever did under President Barack Obama.
The Senate bill is now moving to the House.
In the House, 67 Republicans voted against the package, citing the increased spending on non-defense programs, while another 119 Democrats voted against it because it did not include codification of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program. She and some Democrats say without a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan to put the DACA immigration issue to a vote, they won't support the bill.More news: North Korean leader calls for meeting with South Korean president
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Fiscal conservatives squawked at new spending levels. Sen.
Paul voted for the deficit-financed tax bill in December. Nine Senate Democrats would need to vote for it in order to ensure its passage, however, and no such support is forthcoming.
"I can't in all good honesty and all good faith just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", he said.More news: McConnell announces budget deal to avoid government shutdown
The White House has not said much about the impending shutdown.
He said the overall bill that includes a stopgap measure would "loot the Treasury".
Republican and Democratic legislative leaders praised the deal.More news: Russian speed skater Semen Elistratov dedicates Winter Olympics medal to compatriots
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