Trump declared that "our military will now be stronger than ever before".
"Give us a chance to allay the fear that is in the hearts of these Dreamers and their families, and remove the tears from the Statue of Liberty observing what is happening here", she said.
Trump signed the bill into law Friday morning. Thanks to disagreements between Congress and President Obama and a 2011 sequestration deal that neither side much liked, inflation-adjusted outlays were nearly the same in 2016 as they were in 2009. The federal government is shut down twice in one election year where people like Paul Ryan are already terrified that Republicans are going to lose control and he thought it was a good idea to go ahead and let the government shut down again? Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote. It eventually passed the Senate 71 to 28.
The Republican Party was once known for fiscal conservatism, but congressional Republicans and Trump are now quickly expanding the US budget deficit and its $20 trillion national debt. In a notice to federal employees, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said staff should report to work to "undertake orderly shutdown activities", adding that his office was "hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration".
He said he hoped his stand would teach conservatives "to not accept just anything because it comes from a GOP Congress".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Ryan have both agreed to tackle immigration legislation in the coming weeks, but immigrant advocates and many Democrats are not convinced that the issue will be resolved. But that will only happen if the House passes the continuing resolution later Friday morning. Democrats intensified their efforts to communicate they would hold firm in an effort to pressure Republicans to offer a commitment for a floor vote on immigration.
The bill includes huge spending increases sought by Republicans for the Pentagon along with a big boost demanded by Democrats for domestic agencies.
The lower chamber approved the legislation in a 240-186 vote.
"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration bill, do not".
NYT: "The two-year budget agreement reached by Senate leaders on Wednesday would contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to federal deficits". Nondefense programs would receive about $60 billion over current levels. It also includes: $6 billion to fight the opioid crisis; $5.8 billion for child care development block grants;$4 billion for veterans medical facilities; $2 billion for medical research; $20 billion to augment existing infrastructure programs; and $4 billion for college affordability.
The bill also keeps the government running until late March.
"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", Paul said on the Senate floor as evening pushed into night.
The government has been operating on funding from a series of short-term spending measures.
But both parties have decided the time for fiscal restraint is past.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a pro-immigration Republican who has been working with Democrats to create a compromise proposal, said McConnell's concession of an open debate was "significant" because the issue is one the majority leader has been "loathe to address".
Paul admitted his delay was a symbolic gesture to prove a point about keeping Congress under strict budget caps and strip the debt limit from the package. "But the amusing thing is you know so often in the media we hear 'we want you to work together.' They are are working together but working together to spend a ton of money".
"We're in risky territory here", Schumer said, noting that Paul was flirting with a politically damaging government shutdown. The party that railed against increasing USA debt and deficit levels during the Obama era is now shepherding through billions of dollars in extra spending, on top of the $1.5 trillion tax cut plan passed in December.