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11 February 2018, 01:02 | Dale Webster
US federal shutdown at hand after fiscal hawk's dissent
"Both parties", he said.
In Washington's latest display of governance by brinkmanship, a bipartisan accord bolstering military and domestic programs by $400 billion and deepening federal deficits became law Friday - but not before the government technically shut down. Trump plans to end that program, which protects illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, next month unless Congress acts.
Sen. Rand Paul did not share the urgency.
The Republican Party was once known for fiscal conservatism, but congressional Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the USA budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.
The bill was approved by a wide margin in the Senate and it survived a rebellion of 67 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives thanks to the support of some Democrats.
He said he hoped his stand would teach conservatives "to not accept just anything because it comes from a GOP Congress".
The bill includes huge spending increases sought by Republicans for the Pentagon, along with a big boost demanded by Democrats for domestic agencies.
But the 652-page budget bill says nothing about protection for the "Dreamer" immigrants.
Representative Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat, urged his party to kill the spending bill unless it also protected young immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children and have been shielded under the soon-to-end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He called that decision plus opposition by many Republicans "inhumane and indecent". Senate Republicans have pledged to hold a separate immigration debate this month.
"My commitment to working together on an immigration measure that we can make law is a honest commitment", he said. He also wants reductions in legal immigration, including limiting the relatives whom legal residents can sponsor and eliminating a lottery that offers visas to residents of diverse countries.
"Sadly, we needed some Democrats votes for passage". The most promising outcome may be a narrow bill extending DACA protections for a year or so and providing some border security money for Trump. The setback left party members divided. Their sweeping tax overhaul bill approved in December will add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the national debt over 10 years.
The deal, the fifth temporary government funding measure for the fiscal year that began October 1, replenishes federal coffers until March 23, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget.
A senior administration official had said Trump would sign the bill before noon but was unlikely to do so before 9 a.m., when federal employees would be back at work.
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