President Donald Trump ended an hours-long government shutdown Friday, as he signed a sweeping $400 billion budget deal that includes tens of billions of dollars in defense and disaster relief spending. However, the procedure can be bypassed with an agreement from all 100 senators - but Paul would not join the gang. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to announce the details of the deal.
That agreement includes a significant increase to both military and non-military spending limits for this year and 2019, totalling almost $300 billion, and raises the debt ceiling until March 1 next year.
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. "I want them to feel uncomfortable", he said.
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He has not entered a plea following his Tuesday arrest and he's being held in Snohomish County jail on $500,000 bond. According to the Herald , at a hearing in Everett District Court on Wednesday, Varela appeared to be smirking.
Moving legislation swiftly through the upper chamber of Congress requires consent by all 100 members, but Mr Paul objected.
Missing from the deal was a plan to protect an estimated 800,000 so-called "Dreamers" who were brought to the U.S.as children without proper documentation.
Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said "it looked like he was clueless" while Republican Senator John Thune called the shutdown "a colossal waste of time". "Republicans and Democrats joined together to finally give our troops the resources and our generals the certainty to plan for the future", Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said.
The bill also lifts the nation's debt ceiling for a year and allocates $90 billion for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires. The House was expected to vote in the hours following. "Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage", he wrote. But it was not in time to avoid a second government shutdown this year.
Several key Democrats oppose the Senate deal including the #House Freedom Caucus because they say it would lead to more government spending. "We have a 700-page bill that no one has read that was printed at midnight".