Bipartisan budget deal passes early morning Senate vote, moves to House


The president went on to say there are more Republicans needed: "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military".

Trump has asked the Pentagon to explore a parade in celebration of American troops, after the Republican president marveled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris past year.

The shutdown, which started at midnight, was the second in 2018 under the Republican-controlled Congress and Trump, who played little role in attempts by party leaders earlier this week to head it off and end months of fiscal squabbling. "We love and need our Military and gave them everything - and more".

"First and foremost, diverting millions of dollars away from training our troops and supporting our military, especially at a time when Congress is struggling to pass annual appropriations, should be enough to kill this idea", said Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the foreign relations panel.

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The House of Representatives cleared the measure early Friday morning in a 240-186 vote, with 73 Democratic members voting for passage. The White House said in a statement that he will sign it into law, which would extend government funding through March 23. New Android malware found Dem lawmakers push Apple on public health risks, iPhone slowdowns House Dem pledges another vote to impeach Trump MORE (D-Texas) introduced bills in their respective chambers that would bar the Trump administration from using taxpayer money to fund such a parade, which could come with a multimillion dollar price tag.

The Senate also approved the measure earlier on Friday morning.

Government appropriations ran out at midnight Thursday as Republican Sen. Rand Paul prevented the deal from advancing Thursday.

The massive two-year budget deal proposed by Senate leaders Wednesday raises budget caps by $300 billion in the next two years, increases the debt ceiling and offers up almost $90 billion in disaster relief for hurricane-ravaged Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. It also extends the federal debt ceiling to March 2019.