WASHINGTON (KDKA/AP) – The House has narrowly passed a sweeping bipartisan budget accord, ending an hours-long government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs.
The 240-186 vote sent the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who signed it Friday morning.
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Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2018
Passage of the measure came over the opposition of Democratic leaders who demanded the promise of a vote to protect “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
A band of tea party Republicans swung against the legislation as well, repelled by its spiraling spending levels.
The government shut down at midnight Thursday after Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being “complicit” in the looming return of trillion-dollar budget deficits.
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat, tells the “KDKA Morning News” he supported the measure and one of the reasons was to give some stability to the government.
“This idea of these temporary [continuing resolutions] every couple weeks or couple months is just not a good way to run the government, so the fact that we can get a two-year budget agreement here will provide some stability,” said Doyle.
Doyle says he is pleased with a lot of what the bill will fund including a long-term deal on the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“A 10-year deal on CHIP, which is big. We got our community health centers funded. I’ve got 41 of those in my district,” said Doyle.
Doyle is also pleased that they have commitment from Republican leaders that a vote on DACA will be the next priority for Congress.
Doyle says while the bill that left the House was a temporary measure funding the government until March 23, the Senate reached an agreement on a two-year deal and once money is appropriated, there will be two years of funding.
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The Senate voted 71-28 to approve the deal, easily overcoming objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.
The bill stalled in the Senate Thursday night when one of the opponents, Sen. Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote.
Paul’s protest forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline for passing a funding measure to keep the government operating.
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