Friday, 23 February, 2018

As America Slept, the Government Shut Down and Reopened Again

Government officially shuts down as Senate misses budget deadline Budget finally OK, Congress heads into big immigration fight
Johnnie Parks | 11 February, 2018, 03:28

If you're reaching for the coffee and wondering what happened, we've got you covered.

While speaking against the Senate bill, Paul railed against the procedure in which it was taken onto the floor-he lamented the last-second nature of the bill-and criticized a lack of discussion regarding amendments being added to it. Paul wanted to add an amendment to the bill that would set budget caps to the spending bill.

Though brief - the government had reopened before most people had arrived to work on Friday, hours after the shutdown began - the timing of the shutdown was risky, coming soon after another massive sell-off on USA markets reflecting investor nerves about the U.S. economy.

With the clock ticking toward a midnight government shutdown, the 55-year-old lawmaker, ophthalmologist and veteran Senate pest made himself the sole obstacle to his chamber's quick passage of legislation keeping federal agencies open.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the legislation is illustrative of Republican inability to govern.

The Obama era guarantees for these immigrants were canceled by President Donald Trump and are scheduled to be invalid as of March. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a fiscal conservative and resident contrarian, pumped the brakes, using his objection allowed under Senate rules to delay a vote until after 1 a.m. Friday. Why was he against the deal? The President tweeted that "we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want".

"Give us a chance to allay the fear that is in the hearts of these Dreamers and their families, and remove the tears from the Statue of Liberty observing what is happening here", she said. But if Paul got a vote on his amendment, then every senator would want one. They are a hangover from a failed 2011 budget agreement and have led to military readiness problems and caused hardship at domestic agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the IRS.

Senate leaders hope to approve the measure Thursday and send it to the House for a confirming vote before the government begins to shut down Thursday at midnight.

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According to the White House , his position did not require a security clearance and his background check was ongoing . The fact that these two men were welcomed to stay in a White House run by Donald Trump should be surprising to no one.


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"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 on the Senate floor as evening pushed into night.

"I love bipartisanship, as you know", said Sen.

The $90 billion in disaster aid would bring the total appropriated in the wake of last year's hurricane season to nearly $140 billion. Many lawmakers on both sides had issues with the deal as it was presented.

Some liberal Democrats object to the deal because it does not offer support for DREAMers, or undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.

Democrats are defending more than two-dozen seats, many of them in states won by Trump in 2016.

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman told the New York Times that people like her who boarded the Trump train called themselves Trumpublicans due to his unorthodox and unconventional approach to politics that seemed to have no place in the Democratic Party or the GOP.

The fate of DREAMers hangs in Congress' ability to piece together legislation that will ensure their protected status from deportation.

It remained unclear Friday morning whether that effort would be enough, however, to placate an angry base about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy being left out of the deal after months of pressing to have it included.

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