USA budget has something for everyone but 'Dreamers'

USA budget has something for everyone but 'Dreamers'

USA budget has something for everyone but 'Dreamers'

The left flank of the Democrats and the Republican's fiscally conservative Tea Party wing have already voiced their intention to vote against the bipartisan bill.

President Donald Trump signed a spending bill Friday morning to keep the government operating after some brief uncertainty about when he would do so. Paul, whose refusal on Thursday to move up the time for a vote on the bill forced the vote to occur procedurally after 1am on Friday-causing a brief government shutdown.

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.

But both of Louisiana's US senators cast votes against the package, decrying the deficit-boosting two-year agreement as reckless spending.

Democrats want to extend the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which lets the immigrants temporarily live and work in the USA but that Trump would end March 5. With the expiration deadline just three weeks away for the Obama-era program that allows young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who were brought to the country as children to remain there, Democrats ultimately did what they earlier said they wouldn't: vote for a long-term budget deal that does not provide a solution for the "Dreamers". "We are trying to do too much with the size force that we have all around the world".

"If you're against president [Barack] Obama's deficits, but you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he asked, adding that he wanted his fellow legislators "to feel uncomfortable" over the impasse.

Republican Senator Rand Paul repeatedly held up votes on the budget plan, which is married to a six-week government-wide spending measure. "I didn't come up here to be liked", he said.

As Senator Paul pointed out, the 650-page spending plan was only made public on Wednesday night, so many details remain unclear.

"My commitment to working together on an immigration measure that we can make law is a honest commitment", he said.

The House could be called into session at any moment.

Liberal groups lambasted Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., for caving, but the more conservative members of their caucuses were not as eager to risk being saddled with choosing the fates of Dreamers over keeping federal offices open, particularly as they prepare to face voters in the fall election.

Three weeks ago, Senate Democrats dug in and chose to use a deadline to try to force Republicans to work with them on a deal for "Dreamer" immigrants, whose protections from deportation are due to expire in March.

Senate GOP leaders, however, were clearly irked by the debacle.

But Trump signaled Friday that talks on DACA would begin.

The Senate deal provides $70billion for disaster relief for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, which are still recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, respectively; $20 billion for infrastructure; and $6 billion to fight the opioid epidemic.

Trump was referring to a provision in the bill that increases spending limits for the next two years and raises the federal debt ceiling until March 2019.

"We will solve this DACA problem", Ryan said just before the vote. "I think it's an important enough thing that we should have a discussion over".

The proposal contains United States $165,000 million in additional defense spending and U.S. $131,000 million in spending on internal issues such as health, infrastructure or against the opioid crisis, according to Reuters.

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