Massachusetts Democrats Split on Non-DREAMer Spending Bill

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2018

But President Donald Trump, in signing the bill into law, foreshadowed the bitter fights ahead.

A bipartisan stopgap funding and budget package was introduced earlier this week by Senate leaders, who predicted swift passage before the expiration at midnight Thursday. The federal government briefly shuttered for the second time in less than a month overnight, after Kentucky Republican Sen. They agreed to a budget agreement, signed Friday morning, that will allow for $300 billion in additional spending over the next two years, including $165 billion for the military. Protection for the Dreamers under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, formally expires March 5 and there's no sign that lawmakers are making progress on an agreement to extend the program. With the expiration deadline just three weeks away for the Obama-era program that allows young immigrants living in the United States illegally who were brought to the country as children to remain there, Democrats ultimately did what they earlier said they wouldn't: vote for a long-term budget deal that does not provide a solution for the "Dreamers".

"We try to refrain from red lines and threats and any of that". Rand Paul's move to block the Senate efforts to strike a bipartisan budget deal. "I didn't come up here to be liked", Paul said.

Nevertheless, the Senate passed the measure 71-28, followed by House approval, 240-186.

"I understand and share the concerns about the debt", said Abraham. We love and need our Military and gave them everything - and more.

But the protests were extinguished quickly by the realities of a Republican government led President Trump.

Pelosi and other Democrats have called on House Speaker Paul Ryan, hold open debate on immigration legislation, but so far Ryan has resisted, saying he will only bring up a bill that Trump supports.

The debt hike, in particular, is giving conservatives "heartburn", said Rep.

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"We will effectively shut down the federal government for no good reason", said Senator John Cornyn, as his requests to move to a vote were repeatedly rejected by Mr Paul. "You can essentially accomplish the same thing by a point-of-order and get a vote". The Senate voted 37-1 in favor of their spending plan, with Sen.

It also extends the U.S. government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November.

The Trump administration signaled it expected the shutdown to be short, calling it a "lapse".

Senate Democrats sparked a three-day partial government shutdown last month by filibustering a spending bill, seeking relief for "Dreamer" immigrants who've lived in the country illegally since they were children.

Democrats did manage to get $6 billion in funding to deal with the opioid crisis and drug addiction, one of their key demands, and the package includes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure fix and improvement. The bill also offers $90 billion in hurricane relief for Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

On Beacon Hill, lawmakers and Baker administration officials who spent past year trying to fend off federal spending cuts will now spend time sifting through the bill to learn exactly how the new investments will affect MA residents and state programs that rely on federal funds. "But I would argue that it's time to vote".

The problem, Harrison says, is that the budgets have been stretched by rising personnel costs, more expensive technology investments and other factors, compounded by the cumulative effects of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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