The American federal government was officially shut down early Friday morning for the second time in three weeks due to the vote for the budget. This time a single senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, held up a vote on a far-reaching budget deal. “The reason I’m here tonight is to put people on the spot,” Mr. Paul said.
“I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who said, ‘How come you were against President Obama’s deficits and then how come you’re for Republican deficits?’” “I think it’s irresponsible,” said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican.
Senators are still expected to vote in favor of the deal in a series of votes that will most likely begin around 1 a.m. If the House approves the deal, the government will have reopened before the workday begins. At the time of the vote the deal did nothing for young undocumented immigrants. The Democratic leader told a closed-door meeting of House Democrats that a debate on immigration legislation was needed. The last accord would raise strict spending caps on domestic and military spending in this fiscal year and the next one by about $300 billion in total. It would also lift the federal debt limit until March 2019 and includes almost $90 billion in disaster relief in response to last year’s hurricanes and wildfires. In fact, keep the government funded for another six weeks.