US Senate Passes Budget Agreement But Does Not Avoid Government Shutdown

US Congress expected to vote on budget to avert govt shutdown

US Congress expected to vote on budget to avert govt shutdown

A Senate vote on a stopgap funding bill is expected early Friday morning.

Government funding lapsed just after midnight on Thursday after Sen. Shortly after 11 p.m., the Senate recessed until 12:01 a.m. without passing the spending bill, meaning the government will officially shutdown - at least briefly - for the second time in three weeks.

Paul is protesting that the bill would usher in the return of trillion-dollar budget deficits. The House was set to vote in the early morning hours.

While there technically would be no federal funding, a short lapse wouldn't be a full-blown shutdown, which is triggered when the Office of Management and Budget sends a memo to federal agencies to initiate their shutdown plans.

But the administration has said that deporting Dreamers would not be a priority.

Pence is set to lead the USA delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday evening.

Although officially the government shutdown at midnight, it is possible it will be open for business on Friday.

Rand Paul held up voting on the broad measure in hopes of obtaining recorded votes on reversing spending increases.

In January, the U.S. government faced a three-day shutdown after the two parties could not come to an agreement on immigration issues.

Paul told the Senate that the bill, which would raise the deficit, is the "definition of hypocrisy" and that it would "loot the treasury".

That meant the bill's passage was not assured in the House and would need some Democratic support.

Paul spent hours demanding a vote on an amendment to the bill that would show how the budget deal would "demonstrate how the two-year budget deal breaks past pledges to rein in federal spending", the Washington Post reports. Democrats in the House are seeing a similar commitment from Ryan.

Hoyer's overture comes as Republican Sen.

Paul said he's willing to hold up the vote and shut the government down over his demands.

House Democrats have not committed to cough up the requisite number of votes and are holding out because the bill does not address protecting DACA recipients. The aide requested anonymity because leadership deliberations are secret.

"The Office of Management and Budget is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations".

Liberal stalwarts were also in revolt because the deal does nothing to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The deal was expected to have bipartisan support to pass in the Senate.

The text of the deal, stretching more than 600 pages, was released late Wednesday night, revealing provisions large and small that would go far beyond the basic budget numbers.

Then Senator Rand Paul decided C-SPAN could use a ratings boost.

"They don't understand or don't part from the premise, as I and many other Democrats will, that we're all in it together", he said.

Lawmakers are facing a midnight deadline. And if any amendment passed, it would blow up the budget agreement.

Paul brushed off pleas from Senate leaders.

Democrats triggered a brief shutdown in January, and relented only after securing a promise from Majority leader Mitch McConnell to debate the issue on the Senate floor. "Were in risky territory here", Schumer warned.

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