President Trump Signs HISTORIC TWO-YEAR Budget Agreement

President Trump Signs HISTORIC TWO-YEAR Budget Agreement

President Trump Signs HISTORIC TWO-YEAR Budget Agreement

The deal, which would add more than half a trillion dollars in federal spending and pile on the federal deficit, passed in the early hours of Friday with the support of a majority of Republicans in both the Senate and the House.

"I can not overstate the negative impact to our troops and families' moral from all this budget uncertainty", Mattis said just hours before the House and Senate approved the deal.

After the showmanship of a lone senator dragged out the voting process in Congress and led to a brief government shutdown, United States lawmakers on Friday finally did what they had planned to do.

US Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) has released a statement following his vote against the budget agreement.

Democrats want to extend the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which lets the immigrants temporarily live and work in the USA but that Trump would end March 5.

"We try to refrain from red lines and threats and any of that".

Paul said he was demanding a vote on an amendment against breaking spending caps imposed by a bipartisan budget agreement in 2011.

"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", he said.

The deal, the fifth temporary funding measure for the fiscal year that began October 1, replenishes federal coffers until March 23, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget. "I think it's important that we have this debate", he said.

Mr Paul brushed off pleas from his fellow Republicans, who billed the budget plan as an "emergency" measure needed for a depleted military.

The U.S. has far fewer troops in Iraq than it did 10 years ago, and the roughly 15,000 in Afghanistan today compare with a peak of 100,000 in 2010-11, but the trend is leaning in the opposite direction under President Donald Trump, including stepped up counterterrorism operations in Somalia and Yemen. It was easily passed, by 71 to 28.

Dan Holler, vice president of communications and government relations at the conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America, said the group plans to hold members accountable for voting on the budget bill through the group's voter scorecard.

However, the government is shut down because they missed the midnight deadline, but opened back up again shortly before 6 a.m.

The enormous increases in defense spending agreed to by lawmakers on Friday go beyond what Trump ask for.

"Although every big spending deal in Congress has good with bad, the hope is that the good outweighs", said Sen.

In the House, many Democrats remain dubious because the bill does not offer relief to Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, who were protected from deportation by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump rescinded a year ago. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for US states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires a year ago. "We will solve this DACA problem", he said. "We know that because we live in Florida; we've seen our constituents suffering from it".

The overall deal also does not address the high-profile issue of immigration, a key sticking point for many Democrats, but it does increase spending caps by $300 billion for the Pentagon and domestic priorities, a crucial incentive for getting enough votes from both parties.

The proposal contains USA $165,000 million in additional defense spending and U.S. $131,000 million in spending on internal issues such as health, infrastructure or against the opioid crisis, according to Reuters.

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