Trump claims 'big victory' as budget approved

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House and Senate Pursue Spending Deals as Shutdown Looms

Meanwhile, the fiscal conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus are objecting to the budget deal for the same reasons as Senator Paul.

US government funding lapsed Friday as Congress' efforts to pass a spending bill fizzled out in the Senate for the second time in less than a month. In two subsequent morning tweets, he took aim at Democrats, who had demanded more domestic spending in return for the votes needed to win enough bipartisan support to pass the deal.

The government reopened Friday morning less than hours after Kentucky Republican Sen.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, acknowledged the perversity of the "entirely needless" shutdown, which may enter the history books as just a blip but speaks volumes about the political gridlock that defines Washington.

Politicians from both opposing parties criticised Senator Paul for slowing the bill up and provoking the shutdown.

Democrats, who, in other circumstances might have embraced Paul's message that Republicans were being hypocrites, were equally chagrined.

Clark said, "He has created a false choice between moving forward with a budget bill and protecting our Dreamers".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who had opposed earlier versions of the bill that cut domestic and disaster relief spending, also claimed victory.

"When Rand Paul pulls a stunt like this, it easy to understand why it's hard to be Rand Paul's next door neighbor", Dent told Politico, referring to the neighbor who assaulted Paul a year ago.

"I agree with many of his concerns about deficits and debt, but we are in an emergency situation", said Texas Republican Sen. "Every one of these Republicans complained about President Obama's deficits and yet now we have them out there bragging, and pushing, and doing everything they can to get their trillion-dollar deficit through".

This would be "the very definition of hypocrisy", he added.

The 650-page spending plan was only unveiled on Wednesday night, so the finer details are still unclear.

The White House had earlier signalled its optimism of the shutdown being short, calling it a "lapse".

The Washington Post puts the figure at half a trillion dollars.

Rep. Bill Flores issued a statement praising the passage of the bill. It also raises the country's debt ceiling that prevents a first-ever default by the federal government.

Why are some Democrats unhappy?

The rebellion that simmered among Republicans and Democrats over the budget agreement boiled over when a determined Paul brought the Senate's work to a halt.

Four hours after it was given the green light by senators, the bill was approved in the lower chamber too, by 240 to 186 votes. Lawmakers have been wrestling with the fate of young immigrants known as Dreamers, who were brought to the US illegally by their parents, since Mr. Trump in September ended a program shielding them from deportation, but gave Congress until March 5 to hammer out a replacement.

He's concerned about US$300 billion in new deficit spending in the budget, which has the backing of President Donald Trump.

IL representative Luis Gutierrez, one of the leading congressional advocates for immigrants, is urging colleagues to vote against the plan.

"Don't collude with this administration".

What would a shutdown have meant for ordinary people?

That is set to break the cycle of government funding crises in time for what will likely be a bruising campaign for November's mid-term elections.

Some Twitter users shared stories of how the uncertainty was affecting people.

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