The closure, however, only lasted a few hours, after both the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Senate voted in favor of a budget agreement to provide funds to the Trump government for the next two years The agreement reached between Republicans and Democrats contemplates an increase in spending of at least US $300,000 million that will also increase public debt.
But the opposition of several legislators, and especially that of Republican Senator Rand Paul, caused the new budget to be approved only after midnight, which technically left the government without resources.
“I want people to feel uncomfortable, I want them to respond to people who say: How is it that you were against President Obama’s deficits and are now in favor of Republican deficits? ” Paul said to explain what had delayed the vote.
Eventually, however, the Senate approved the plan by 71 votes in favor and 28 against, at about 1:45 in the morning.
And at about 5:30 am, before the start of the working day , the plan was also approved by the House of Representatives by 240 votes in favor and 186 against.
Now it is only necessary that it be signed by President Trump so that government institutions can open normally.
Between January 20 and 23, the lack of agreement between Republicans and Democrats led to a closure of government. The previous one had occurred in 2013 and lasted 16 days.
The concessions of the deal
The latest measure on the budget has angered some Republicans, while many Democrats are upset by the lack of concessions on immigration issues.
And on Thursday afternoon, the White House reported that it was preparing for a closure of the federal agencies, which in principle is no longer necessary.
But why are the ” budget hawks ” opposed to the plan ?
While the spending bill for the Pentagon has delighted the most concerned with the party’s national security, fiscal conservatives are standing up for the ramifications for the nation’s debt.
In a fatalistic speech, Paul, a senator from Kentucky, fiercely accused his fellow Republicans of fiscal debauchery.
“I took this position because I was quite critical of President Obama’s one trillion dollar deficit,” he said.
“Now we have the Republicans, hand in hand with the Democrats, offering us a deficit of a trillion dollars,” he added.
“Honestly, in good faith, I can not simply look the other way, because my party is now complicit in the deficits, ” Paul insisted.
This would be “the very definition of hypocrisy,” he added.
As Senator Paul pointed out, the 650-page spending plan was only made public on Wednesday night, so many details remain unclear.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said the package would increase “a little more” spending of over $300 billion.
According to The Washington Post, that figure is US $500,000 million.
The proposal contains US $165,000 million in additional defense spending and US $131,000 million in spending on internal issues such as health, infrastructure or against the opioid crisis, according to Reuters.
This would raise the debt ceiling until March 2019.
Why some Democrats are not happy?
Despite the approval of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, who said that the budget agreement “would break the long cycle of spending crisis”, some Democrats have complained that the bill does not address the issue of immigration.
The leader of the party in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Thursday morning that she opposed the plan , but that she would not order the caucus of the Democrats to vote against it.
The California congresswoman has called for the bill to include protection against deportation for “dreamers,” young immigrants who entered the United States with their parents illegally as children.
The remarks came a day after she told immigrant stories for eight hours on the floor of the lower house, the longest speech since 1909.
The Obama era guarantees for these immigrants were canceled by President Donald Trump and are scheduled to be invalid as of March.
Illinois Representative Luis Gutierrez, one of the leading congressmen in the defense of immigrants, is urging his colleagues to vote against the plan.
“Do not conspire with this government,” he said.
What does the White House say?
Kellyanne Conway, the president’s adviser, told Conspiracy Talk News that the agreement offers long-term budgetary certainty and funding for government priorities, including infrastructure and funds for the military.
Earlier this week, President Trump said he “would love to see” a US government shutdown in case there was not an agreement to finance the wall he proposes to build on the border with Mexico.
Deficits are already projected to increase due to the Trump government’s $ 1.5 trillion tax cuts, which were approved by Congress in December.