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US Congress stumbles into government shutdown, budget deal stalled

10 February 2018

However, the Senate deal does not resolve the issue of immigration, a key point for house Democrats.

The House had already voted on a short-term funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), earlier this week that also expired March 23, but provided a boost in funding to the Pentagon through September.

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

Republicans will have trouble trying to pass a stop-gap funding bill through the Senate; Democrats want to match increases in non-defense to defense spending for the year.

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The Senate has reached a budget deal.

With a deadline midnight Thursday to fund the government, Trump said he would welcome a second shutdown in less than a month if Democrats don't agree to his immigration priorities: building a wall and ending family reunification policies and the visa lottery.

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.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said "it looked like he was clueless" while Republican Senator John Thune called the shutdown "a colossal waste of time". It now goes to the House, which will vote Friday morning.

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Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced on the floor Wednesday that she will oppose the budget deal unless Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., commits to holding a floor vote on legislation that would protect so-called "Dreamers". It would contain nearly $300 billion over current limits on defense and domestic accounts. She has been speaking on the House floor for hours, since about 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, to demand a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on bringing immigration legislation to the House floor.

All told, the Republican-controlled Congress is on track to approve about $400 billion in new spending over next two years, just months after enacting a almost $1.5 trillion tax cut.

President Donald Trump says the "stupidity" of the nation's immigration laws is allowing violent gangs like MS-13 to flourish in the U.S.

"Knowing my members the way I do, I think we're in good shape to be able to pass it with Republican-only votes", Meadows said.

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But the compromise could face stiff blowback in the lower chamber of Congress, where fiscal conservatives may balk at adding $300 billion to the national debt just months after passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut package.

US Congress stumbles into government shutdown, budget deal stalled