Trump signs massive budget deal after Congress votes to reopen government.
The House of Representatives voted 240-186, where President Donald Trump signed a major budget deal into law early on Friday. This move came into effect hours after Congress voted to end a brief government shutdown overnight. The GOP (Grand Old Party) controlled chamber needed help from House Democrats to clear the Bill, wherein 73 Democrats gave in. Parallel to it, 67 House Republicans voted against it.
This is a clear indication of game changing piece of legislation where the colossal bill which was negotiated by Lawmakers for months in relation to clearing the decks for Congress in dealing with major spending issues as well as amending a hike in debt ceiling, doling out disaster relief money, which was set to be reached next month.
Rand Paul of Kentucky Republican Sen. prevented the deal from passing on Thursday, but, the Federal government shuttered briefly for the second time in less than a month overnight and the Senate approved the measure earlier on Friday morning. A weeklong shutdown was the outcome of the refusal of Democrats and a handful of Republicans, including Paul, refused to support the last continuing resolution. However, the effects of the shutdown were expectedly minimal.
US President, Donald Trump said that, “The bill, which gives the Pentagon an additional $165 billion, was a “big victory” for the US military. “ He further added that Republicans were forced to increase spending in order to attract Democratic votes. How many Democrats would come on board was the toughest question till the final moments. The Liberals seemed to be unhappy about the bill not addressing immigration and conservatives oppose the increased spending. The timings were as well uncertain as when President Trump would sign it, and the Office of Personnel Management, which manages the federal workforce still, had an alert on its website early Friday morning that stated due to a Lapse in appropriations, federal government operations vary by agency.
After the vote has been succeeded in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader has vouched to open an immigration debate next week. In the end, the votes were there but that didn’t, prevent the voting heightened drama. The firm efforts of Democrats communicated that they would hold firm in an effort to pressure Republicans to offer a commitment for a floor vote on immigration.