White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration is "supportive", of the deal, "primarily because it meets several of the things that we laid out, including ending the crisis budgeting, and also helps meet the needs of the military and defense spending". Like other conservatives, Paul said the budget agreement would pave the way for big spending and ballooning deficits, and he said he was willing to force a shutdown to draw attention to the problem.
The package would boost USA government spending on national defense and domestic programs by $300 billion over a two-year period, ending years of mandatory budget caps Republicans argued were hollowing out America's military and Democrats said were harming the needy.
As for the details of the budget agreement approved early Friday, it would funnel $165 billion in new money over the next two years to the Pentagon, along with $131 billion in new spending for domestic programs.
Republican leaders said earlier Thursday that Paul wants a vote on an amendment critical of the overall agreement, but they can not give him the vote even if they wanted to do so because it requires consent from all senators. So I think people should be able to retain liberty so that's why I'm for tax cuts.More news: Uber and Waymo settle self-driving auto case for $244m in equity
Paul certainly caused discomfort.
But the deficit spending in the bill will add more red ink to Washington's balance sheet and further underscore a shift in Republican thinking that Paul was trying to draw attention to. "Funding for the government expires in just a few hours", McConnell warned just before 6 p.m., to no avail. The bill is expected to get the 60 votes necessary to advance in the Senate, with a final passage vote on the bill expected later. "Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill!" It was not immediately clear if the Democrats extracted a firmer commitment from Ryan on the issue in exchange for their votes to end the shutdown. Some DACA beneficiaries' work permits are set to expire on March 5, unless Congress passes legislation or a court order extends the deadline.
Some Democrats say the bill fails to address immigration.
On Wednesday, Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, spoke for a record eight hours on the House floor, calling for a permanent measure that protects the almost 800,000 undocumented people, known as "Dreamers", who were brought to the U.S. as children.
A number of lawmakers who supported the bill acknowledged the deal was not ideal.More news: Klopp issues response to Lallana's Liverpool U23s red card
"The budget deal should be a budget deal", she told a news conference, dismissing Democratic demands that it include a concession on immigration. Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of IL asked. "Our sense is (GOP leaders) don't have the votes". The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had directed federal agencies to prepare for a lapse in funding.
"It makes President Obama look like a master of financial restraint", said Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus.
On Wednesday, McConnell restated his intention to start Senate floor debate on immigration reform, including a fix for DACA recipients.
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