Senate & House Vote To End Government Shutdown

Senate & House Vote To End Government Shutdown

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A bipartisan deal to end the second government shutdown this year now goes to President Donald Trump to sign.

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the sweeping bipartisan budget accord around 6 a.m. Friday.

The Senate passed the bill around 2 a.m.

If signed by the president, a government shutdown that started at midnight will be brought to an end.

The $400 billion plan includes huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

It passed 71-28 in the Senate and 240-186 in the House, where it faced opposition from both ends of the political spectrum.

It was opposed by 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.

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