President Donald Trump is making the case on Twitter for electing more Republicans to Congress after signing a $400 billion spending plan.
President Trump signed it, then tweeted, quote, "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want" to help the USA military. John Cornyn called it "grossly irresponsible" - and it exposed a contradiction that may come to haunt Republicans as they try to fire up conservatives in midterm elections.
Paul brushed off pleas from his fellow Republicans, who billed the budget plan as an "emergency" measure needed for a depleted military.
"Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now!" he concluded. Trump tweeted after signing the legislation. Rand Paul hald up the vote Thursday night, meaning the Senate went into recess until 12:01 a.m. That was a key part of his agreement with Schumer that ended the last shutdown and led to the budget deal.
Trump, in announcing he had signed the legislation, contended it will help the USA military be "stronger than ever before".
It was not so long ago that Republicans were willing to shut down government, risk a first-ever default, push dramatic budget cuts and even back a constitutional amendment to balance the budget - all in the name of reducing the deficit and getting spending under control. "Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!" tweeted the President.
Trump's signature brought an end to a partial government shutdown, or closure of federal agencies, that had been triggered in the early hours of Friday as Congress was still debating the budget deal.
Prior to the Senate adjourning just before 2 a.m., McConnell set up a procedural vote for February 12 on shell legislation that will be used as the vehicle for the chamber's debate on immigration.
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Jason Pye, vice president of legislative affairs at Freedom Works, a conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, said Republicans are retreating on their deficit- reduction message.
As the clock hit midnight, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney immediately issued an order to close non-essential government operations.
Once known as the party of fiscal conservatives, the Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the US budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt.
Almost $300 billion in new spending included in the bill approved on Friday will ensure the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019, said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a private fiscal policy watchdog group in Washington.
The bill now moves to the House.
Lawmakers were striving in the pre-dawn hours to reopen the federal government, shuttered since midnight after a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal.
Senate and House leaders waited Paul out, and acted as soon as their rules allowed.