US Senate adjourns till 12:01 am EST without approving budget deal

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The Senate has passed a two-year budget bill and sent the legislation to the House for approval in a bid to end a shutdown of the USA government, the second in three weeks.

The bill, announced Wednesday, represented a rare bipartisan achievement. Those conservatives were mainly angry about non-military spending increases.

The US government on Thursday was assured of careening into its second shutdown in three weeks beginning at midnight after the Senate adjourned when a conservative lawmaker blocked a vote on a far-reaching budget deal.

House leaders signaled that chamber would immediately take it up, though the situation was trickier there after liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives both swung into opposition.

The deal approved by Congress was included in a short-term funding bill keeping the government open through March 23.

The budget deal will provide $4 billion over two years to address the backlog of an excess of 400,000 claims at the Veterans Administration, making good on one of Trump's campaign promises to improve the care of those who served in the military. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!

None of the added spending will be offset by budget savings elsewhere or revenue increases, relying instead on government borrowing.

When combined with the nearly $300 billion in new spending for defense and non-defense accounts, the hurricane aid brought the package to nearly $400 billion.

But frustrations were clear in both sides of the Capitol, where just hours earlier leaders had been optimistic that the budget deal was a sign they had left behind some of their chronic dysfunction.

"We will effectively shut down the federal government for no good reason", said Sen. US stocks plunged on Thursday on heavy volume, throwing off course a almost nine-year bull run. The bill was expected to pass, but vote counts remained unclear Friday morning. Inflation concerns and rising rates are blamed for the selloff, but some analysts have noted equities were due for a pullback after gains in January and previous year. Paul had harsh words for his own party.

"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said.

Sen. Rand Paul is shown here in an April 2014 interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader
Sen. Rand Paul is shown here in an April 2014 interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader

"I want people to feel uncomfortable". Really who is to blame?

The delays forced a partial government shutdown after midnight, to minimal impact.

The budget deal, negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), adds $300 billion in spending for defense and domestic programs and $89 billion in hurricane disaster aid.

Senate Finance Chairman and Utah Republican Orrin Hatch said he had "a rough time" finding meaning in Paul's protest. The absence of any offsetting measures, combined with far-reaching tax cuts passed at the end of 2017, would force the United States to finance the increased spending through debt.

These young adults were brought illegally to the country as children years ago, mostly from Mexico.

Trump urged Congress to act before then.

Senate Republicans have vowed to hold a debate on immigration later this month, but Dreamers and their supporters worry a solution will not be found before the March 5 deadline.

The party's leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said on Thursday morning she was opposed to the plan, but would not order rank-and-file Democrats to vote against it.

Flake said he's working on one proposal that would ease parts of the immigration plan Trump unveiled last month.

"He needs us", she said.

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