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US Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown

US Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown

Government appropriations ran out at midnight Thursday as Republican Sen.

The Republican-led Congress on Thursday was rounding up support for a bipartisan budget bill that would put the government on track for annual deficits topping $1 trillion, a gap last seen toward the end of Obama's first term.

After signing the bill, Trump on Friday defended the extra spending on Twitter: "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military".

The president made a follow-up tweet minutes later, calling for the election of more Republicans in the upcoming 2018 elections.

The deal, the fifth temporary government 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.

In the end, 73 Democrats voted in favour of the bill in the House, while 67 Republicans opposed it. He said he could not "look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

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The massive two-year budget deal proposed by Senate leaders Wednesday raises budget caps by $300 billion in the next two years, increases the debt ceiling and offers up almost $90 billion in disaster relief for hurricane-ravaged Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

The US Office of Personnel Management sent a notice to millions of federal employees on Friday morning after Trump signed the measure, telling them to report to work.

Still, it represented a bitter defeat for Democrats who followed a risky strategy to use the party's leverage on the budget to address immigration and ended up scalded by last month's three-day government shutdown.

The new budget bill would raise military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.

There's no obvious compromise that could win the 60 votes from Republicans and Democrats needed to prevail in the Senate. Really who is to blame?

He urged Americans to vote for more Republicans in 2018. "It was very disappointing", she said. Democrats also experienced internal divisions, with liberals upset the measures were not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants, who were brought to the country illegally as children. "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS", Trump said in a tweet. House Speaker Paul Ryan had not offered Pelosi an equivalent guarantee in the House, although he said in a speech before Friday's vote that he would push ahead for a deal. Senate Republicans have pledged to hold a separate immigration debate this month. "So if we can negotiate a deal like I think we've gotten that essentially meets every other one of our priorities then I think that's where a lot of the Democrats are". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money".