News Worms
News Worms


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.

follow

editors' picks

February 12, 2018
The Newest: Trump says 'mere allegation' can shatter lives
Sorensen resigned Friday over allegations he had been violently and emotionally abusive to his ex-wife during their marriage. Spokesman Raj Shah said the White House learned Thursday night about the allegations before being contacted by the media.

February 12, 2018
UVA projected as No. 1 overall NCAA seed
The committee has Duke No. 7, which would give it a 2 seed, and North Carolina No. 12, which would be a three seed. Michigan State is ranked as the No. 11 overall seed, behind Clemson (No. 9) and Texas Tech (No. 10).

February 12, 2018
Red Gerard, 17, wins Team USA's first gold medal
I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know, but I'm ecstatic. "I guess it's always been my thing". The 31-year-old beat Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen into second, with Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen in third.

February 12, 2018
Penny Mordaunt warns charities could have funding cut over 'safeguarding issues'
The UK-based charity is also facing fresh accusations that its workers used prostitutes in Chad in 2006, the Observer reported. Oxfam workers were accused of paying Haitian natural disaster survivors for sex during relief efforts.

February 12, 2018
Prominent Pak activist Asma Jahangir passes away
She remained in office at the Human Rights Commission till 2011, serving in as its secretary general and later as chairperson. Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights , she is survived by a son and two daughters.

February 12, 2018
Liverpool beat Saints as Firmino and Salah hit target
What a start it was for Liverpool as they made sure the beginning of the game was a nightmare one for their hosts. Liverpool defeated Southampton by a decisive 2-0 scoreline on Sunday evening.

February 12, 2018
Congress shifts to brutal immigration fight after ending another shutdown
Both the priest and the Levite ignored the wounded man and simply passed by him to get to where they needed to go. She's trying to force Speaker Ryan into committing to vote an on an immigration bill.

February 11, 2018
Frigid cold tonight into this weekend
Snow totals will not be overly impressive, valleys see another 1-3 inches, while the higher elevations see around 4 plus inches. Roads will become slick and snow packed in places with visibility reduced at times due to blowing and drifting snow .

February 11, 2018
Soldier, injured in Jammu terror attack, dies — Sunjwan attack updates
Soon after the attack, security personnel rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid a fierce gunfight. No loss of life was reported in the terror attack that took place at Indian Amry camp. "The fire was retaliated to".

October 27, 2016
World Series Stakes are Now at an All-Time High, Thanks to the Cubs and Indians World Series
Francona, who bagged the job, soon took them to their first championship victory in 86 years, then repeated the same in 2007. Additionally, six Stanley Cups were bagged by the Blackhawks here and the Bears had won the Super Bowl championship in 1985.