Congress passed a last-minute budget deal early Friday morning, reopening the federal government for the second time in less than a month, and ensuring a significant increase in funding for both military and domestic programs.
Only hours after the House of Representatives pre-dawn vote, which marked the shortest shutdown on record since the 1970s, President Trump signed the $300 billion budget deal into law, tweeting out:
“Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before,” the president wrote. “We loved and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”
While the bill increasingly boosts the spending on military and domestic programs, it also authorizes $90 billion in aid for last year’s natural disaster victims, while also growing funding to fight the opioid crisis and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for an additional four years.
Both conservative and liberal lawmakers struggled to come to an agreement on the bipartisan deal over deficit and immigration concerns.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul attempted to block the vote by taking to the Senate floor many times, pushing for an amendment to maintain budget caps and to keep the deficit from growing to more than $1 trillion.
“I just can’t in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits,” said Paul on the Senate floor.
Across the aisle, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as other Democrats continued to raise concerns over DACA and the protection of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
“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,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in a statement.
The spending bill ensures that the government is funded through March 23, 2018. However, with the debt ceiling now set to $300 billion, Congress must allocate funding before the March deadline to avoid another shutdown.