The US government shuts down for the second time in 2018

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The government was forced to shut down for three days in mid-January after the Senate failed to pass a stopgap budget amid Democratic demands for a deal to protect "Dreamers".

Meanwhile, Ryan has vowed that once Congress reaches a budget deal, it will then take up the plight of Dreamers who face deportation.

At a late afternoon meeting, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California made it plain she wasn't pressuring fellow Democrats to kill the bill, which is packed with money for party priorities like infrastructure, combating opioid abuse and helping college students.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he believes there are enough votes in the House to pass the Senate's version of the bill.

The Senate deal only funds the government for six more weeks.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget "is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations", an OMB official said on condition of anonymity, calling on lawmakers to get the measure to Trump's desk "without delay".

That agreement includes a $300 billion increase to both military and non-military spending limits for this year and 2019, and raises the debt until March 1 next year.

When faced with the question of whether to boost military or domestic spending, Capitol legislators have their answer. The spending caps Congress enacted in 2011 would be raised by $296 billion through 2019.

"To increase domestic spending and raise the debt ceiling was coupling two very bad policy decisions and with no reforms tied to it".

The House voted 240-186 to approve the bill just before dawn Friday, hours after the Senate had approved the measure with a 71-28 vote at about 2 a.m.

Republicans supporting the package include defense hawks who say military readiness has been harmed by years of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

"Negotiations to start now!" he said.

The deal reached this week was meant to draw support from all sides. "That's compromise. That's governing".

Some Democrats, including minority leader Nancy Pelosi, also said they opposed the measure because it did not include a deal that would protect some 700,000 "Dreamers" - immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children - from deportation.

"Democrats like to say "mañana"-tomorrow-when it comes to immigration", he said". Standing in 4-inch heels the entire time without a break and surrounded by colleagues, Pelosi's speech shattered the previous record for the longest in the House, set in 1909. Senate Republicans have pledged to hold a separate immigration debate this month.

"A country can not go on forever spending money this way", Paul said on the Senate floor.

"That's not a commitment", Pelosi said on the House floor.

"But I would argue that it is time to vote".

Members of the "Freedom Caucus" - a group of fiscally conservative House Republicans - announced they would oppose the measure, citing the projected increase in the government deficit.

It also creates a new Joint Select Committee that is tasked with developing a legislative solution to shore up faltering employer pensions by December.

The measure does not include anything about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, which protects from deportation numerous almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents as children. Under Trump's order previous year, DACA was set to end March 5, but a court challenge is allowing it to continue for now.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill: Do not", Ryan said at a news conference. If Democrats had presided over two government shutdowns in the first month and a half of this year, you can bet that Republicans and their echo chamber would never let that die, and Democrats should take a page out of their playbook.

Getting this bill done is a huge step for President Trump.

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