Update: Trump Signs Budget Deal

Posted: Feb 09, 2018 5:07 AM
Update: Trump Signs Budget Deal

Update: President Trump has signed the deal. 

Update: The House has passed the budget measure, 240-186.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the deal's passage a "great victory" for the military. 

"This is a great victory for our men and women in uniform," he tweeted along with a statement. "We ultimately reached a bipartisan compromise that fully funds our troops and gives our generals the certainty they need to plan for the future."

Original Story:

The Senate passed a $400 billion budget deal early Friday morning, hours after missing a deadline to avoid a shutdown—the second in three weeks.

Sen. Rand Paul held up the deal Thursday over the increased debt the deal would lead to. 

"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," Paul said. “I didn’t come up here to be part of somebody’s club. I didn’t come up here to be liked.”

After Paul’s delay the measure was easily passed, 71-28. It was then sent to the House to be taken up immediately, although passage there is not a guarantee. 

Democrats oppose the measure because it does not a permanent fix on DACA and are demanding a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan that he bring immigration legislation sponsored by Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., up for a vote. 

Fiscal conservatives meanwhile are opposed to the amount spent on Democratic priorities and a return of more than $1 trillion deficits next year. 

The underlying bill includes huge spending increases sought by Republicans for the Pentagon along with a big boost demanded by Democrats for domestic agencies. Both sides pressed for $89 billion for disaster relief, extending a host of health care provisions, and extending a slew of smaller tax breaks.

It also would increase the government’s debt cap, preventing a first-ever default on U.S. obligations that looms in just a few weeks. Such debt limit votes are usually enormous headaches for GOP leaders, but the increase means another vote won’t occur before March 2019.

House leaders hustled to move before federal employees were due back at work, hoping to minimize the disruption. A shutdown essentially cuts the federal workforce in half, with those dubbed non-essential not allowed to work. Military and essential workers would remain on the job regardless.

The Trump administration signaled it expected the shutdown to be short, calling it a “lapse.” (AP)

Voting in the House is currently underway. 

This post will be updated.