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Rand Paul forces temporary U.S. government shutdown to give a lecture

Rand Paul forces temporary U.S. government shutdown to give a lecture

House Republican leaders on Thursday had offered assurances that the package would be approved, but so did Senate leaders and the critical midnight deadline, when current government funding authority expired, was still missed.

It was the second shutdown this year under the Republican-controlled Congress and Trump, who played little role in attempts by party leaders this week to end months of fiscal squabbling. That all changed when Paul grabbed the spotlight and began blasting the more than 600-page deal he bet no one had read, that would raise caps on spending this fiscal year and the next by about $300B.

The debate in the upper house of Congress over a bipartisan budget deal that will unlock funding for federal agencies is scheduled to restart at 12:01 a.m., according to a message on the Senate website.

The budget agreement is married to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to keep the government operating and to provide time to implement the budget pact. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) demand that the Senate hold an amendment vote in protest to the more than $300 billion added to the budget deficit held up the final vote on the deal.

House conservatives also rebelled against the bill but it still passed the House by a 240-186 margin early Friday morning.

The Kentucky senator also criticized his Republican colleagues for embracing the bill-which would add to the government deficit-when years ago they railed against President Barack Obama's administration for wanting to do the same thing.

Just last month the government was shutdown for three days while the Senate disputed over the fate of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children and grew up as Americans. So rather than take a quick vote on Thursday afternoon, senators were left watching the clock tick past midnight - the deadline for US Congress to extend government funding.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and others in her party had opposed the bill because Republican House leaders would not guarantee her a debate later on bipartisan steps to protect about 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

The unexpected turn of events dragged the Senate proceedings into the wee hours and underscored the persistent inability of Congress and Trump to deal efficiently with Washington's most basic fiscal obligations of keeping the government open. "And I took his words at face value that he wants to solve the DACA problem and that we will address it once this bill was behind us".

"I want people to feel uncomfortable", Paul said.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said the package would increase spending by "just shy" of $300bn.

"We'll be ready", she told reporters.

"You haven't convinced 60 or 52 senators that your idea is good enough to support", Tillis said.

"I'll support it", Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said.

"My experience with Paul Ryan is I don't agree with him, I think he has challenges in his own caucus, I wouldn't call him the strongest speaker in my memory, but he is an honorable man", he said.

Proponents of the bill - including House GOP leadership - argued its passage was necessary to end the pattern of passing stop-gap spending bills, which the military says is detrimental to it's health.

It also extends the U.S. government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.


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