Senate vote to pass bill, shutdown deadline not met
Feb 09, 2018 National 5325 By franklyn Anude
A second shutdown of the year for the United States of America could not be stopped on time as a bi-partisan budget bill encountered last minute objection when Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (Republican), objected to the deficit spending in the bill. This represented another embarrassing moment for the Republican-controlled Congress.
Senator Paul said, "I ran
for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits. Now we have Republicans, hand in hand with Democrats, offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way just because my party is now complicit in the deficits."
This would be "the very definition of hypocrisy", he added.
The Senate debated all through Thursday night on the 650-page spending plan designed to keep the government running for 2 years, and voted to pass the bill in the early hours of Friday, with the deadline to shutdown already expired.
Some Democrats are not happy about the the budget, despite Senator Chuck Shumer, the party's leader in the senate showing support for it saying it will end the cycle of spending crisis even though the bill does not cover immigration, one of major talking point for the Democrats, in the past months.
Talks are continuing as the budget and stopgap funding package has gone to the House of Representative for approval, where lawmakers are divided. Evidence of this occurred on Wednesday, when democratic leader in the House of Representative, Nancy Pelosi spoke for a record eight hours, telling the stories of immigrants in a bid to ensure a provision shielding "dreamers" is included in the bill.
Luis Gutierrez, representing Illinois and one of the leading congressional advocates for immigrants, is urging fellow lawmakers to vote against the plan by simply saying "Don't collude with this administration."
It is hoped that the House would pass the bill on time for it to be signed by the president before resumption of work Friday morning, so the shutdown could be ended quickly with no telling interruption in the federal government operations.
The U.S. office of Personnel Management said operation during this shutdown would vary by agencies and advised federal employees to contact their agencies on guidance about how they would report for duty.