President Trump Signs HISTORIC TWO-YEAR Budget Agreement


Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked a vote on the legislation.

Senators voted 71-28 to approve the deal, overcoming objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.

While Senate Democrats celebrated the moment of rare bipartisanship - Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "genuine breakthrough" - progressives and activists blasted them for leaving immigrants in legislative limbo.

I suppose some would say that "intellectual dishonesty" is the essence of "bipartisanship". The Democrats got the spending that they wanted. There, liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives have swung into opposition. "The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty".

But Trump is expected to unveil on Monday a fiscal 2019 budget plan that will be based on rosy assumptions, including economic growth of 3.2 percent next year, a White House official said.

The House voted 240-186 to technically "re-open" the government after GOP Sen.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., however, backed the agreement and was hoping to cobble together a coalition of moderate Democrats and Republicans to push it through. In the understatement of the year, Meadows claimed that "We have to do better".

With President Trump's signing the package Friday morning, government services and operations will largely continue uninterrupted, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers will show up for work despite the overnight hiccup. The funds will go to the military, domestic programs and disaster relief.

Otherwise, he realized the problems with the deal.

While Paul's performance in the Senate strained the patience of his colleagues, he focused on the same concern that caused so many House Republicans to oppose the bill - deficit spending. "Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage".

The House Appropriations Committee, led by New Jersey Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen whose state has the most Superfund sites, approved an increase for the EPA to $1.1 billion. Republicans would use that as a campaign slogan every single election from here to eternity, and yet here we have Republicans twice in four weeks shutting down the federal government and acting as if it's somehow the Democrats' fault.

Republicans were not put in charge of Congress to keep the same policies in place.

Senate GOP leaders, however, were clearly irked by the debacle. With the economy humming along, now would be a good time to make real progress toward that.

He told CNN's Alisyn Camerota: "Maybe [he's] afraid of the fact that he's never voted in a Republican presidential primary". The president did not tweet. If Paul got an amendment, then every senator would want one. "In the months since, the Republican-controlled Congress has largely rejected his cuts, with GOP lawmakers alternatively calling elements of the budget "misguided", draconian" and "non-starters".

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA.

► The budget proposed cutting the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites dotting the country by 30% from $1.09 billion to $762 million, saying EPA should be "focusing on reining in Superfund administrative costs and promoting efficiencies".

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