Trump Backs Budget Plan: 'So Important for Our Great Military'


What the Senate deal does not include is any new language on immigration.

The US Senate passed a critical stopgap spending bill early Friday as congressional leaders scrambled to minimize the effects of a government shutdown that began after an hours-long delay forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline.

Senator Paul used Senate rules to delay a vote in the chamber until early Friday morning, angering his colleagues in the process.

Trump says, "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want" to help the USA military.

"Washington is broken", Paul argued, "spending money like it's out of control".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at a daily briefing on Wednesday that the budget deal will also include raising the debt ceiling until March 2019, an effort to avoid a government default. "I want them to feel uncomfortable". He has that right.

More than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed during the shutdown, in October 2013, which lasted more than two weeks. "Hopefully we will not be in that situation again".

If the Senate approves it, the 652-page budget bill would then go to the House, where it faces stiff opposition from liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans.

Throughout the day Thursday, Republicans and Democrats in Congress remained at odds over the sweeping bipartisan budget deal that would boost spending on military and domestic priorities and increase the nation's debt limit but leave unaddressed the controversial status of young immigrants known as Dreamers. They oppose it on concerns over immigration and deficits, respectively.

Defense: Increase defense spending over current law by $80 billion in fiscal 2018 and $85 billion in fiscal 2019, pleasing defense hawks who have called for increased funding and stability in the military budget.

In a statement, he also said the agreement includes investments in infrastructure and resources to combat the opioid crisis, as well as almost $90 billion in disaster relief for hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and the US Virgin Islands. The bill's funding for the rest of the government would expire next month.

The measure wouldn't lift the United States debt ceiling even though the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts the Treasury can prevent a default only through early March. "So I'm going to go on as long as my leadership minute allows".

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).

"Part of it depends on the Democrats".

"We support an increase in funding for our military and our middle class. I feel very good about Republicans", he said.

The BBC says that many Democrats are unhappy with the bill, as it fails to address the issue of immigration.

The bill was equally delayed in the House after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made an impassioned case to her colleagues this week to vote against a bipartisan measure negotiated by her Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.