Open for Business: Federal Lawmakers Agree on Spending Bill
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to his office after speaking in the senate floor, at the Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. Paul repeatedly blocked a Thursday vote, provoking colleagues' frustration. The budget agreement is married to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to keep the government operating and to provide time to implement the budget pact. Paul brushed off the pressure. "I didn't come up here to be part of somebody's club. I didn't come up here to be liked," he said. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
WASHINGTON (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 sends the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it.
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.
Earlier, senators 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.