US Senate Republican leader says lawmakers near deal on spending limits

US Senate Republican leader says lawmakers near deal on spending limits

President Donald Trump signed the bill Friday morning, officially ending the government shutdown.

The overall deal also does not address immigration, a key sticking point for many Democrats, but it does increase spending caps by $300 billion for the Pentagon and domestic priorities, a crucial incentive for getting enough votes from both parties. The bill would also provide long overdue disaster funding for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico months after hurricanes devastated homes, infrastructure and coastlines there. That effort could delay a Senate vote until 1 a.m. Friday, past the deadline for keeping the government open.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic counterpart Chuck Schumer agreed the two-year pact. He also called the bill a "big victory" for the military.

The measure would keep the government running through March 23 and reauthorize funding for community health centers that enjoy widespread bipartisan support.

Congress has until Thursday night to pass a new budget plan, or face another government shutdown.

The House of Representatives voted 240-186.

"Ultimately, neither side got everything it wanted in this agreement, but we reached a bipartisan compromise that puts the safety and well-being of the American people first", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement.

Some progressive Democrats, meanwhile, protested the agreement's omission of any measure to end the threat of deportation for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.

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While Paul's performance in the Senate strained the patience of his colleagues, he focused on the same concern that caused so many House Republicans to oppose the bill - deficit spending. But congressional Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, who helped draft the GOP memo, have said it shouldn't be used to undermine the special counsel.

"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", he said on the Senate floor.

The senate will take up the bill on Wednesday.

The deal would eliminate strict budget caps, set in 2011 to reduce the federal deficit, and allow Congress to spend about $350 billion more on defense and domestic programs in the current fiscal year and in fiscal year 2019.

"There is probably a lot of blame to go around for the Republicans who are advocating for this debt", Paul said to CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released.

"House Republicans continue marching down a very partisan road", Schumer said, arguing that the House bill "will raise defense spending but leave everything else behind".

Some lawmakers, including Flake, have suggested they may have to fall back on a temporary DACA extension with modest border security measures if lawmakers can not agree on a broader immigration reform bill.

But by Friday, Trump had changed his tune, saying he was relieved that immigration provisions - including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Democrats are insisting on - weren't included.

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