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The United States government again ran out of funds and had to order the closure of the administration. The second time this happens under President Donald Trump.
This time by the blockade of the “anti-debt” senator Rand Paul to the budget agreement to endow funds to the Executive who had arrived Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
Both parties had reached a large agreement this week to provide funds to the Trump government for the next two years and, at the time, avoid a new closure of the administration as last January.
But Paul is opposed to the increase in spending and debt that the pact envisaged. His rejection of the agreement triggered the new administrative closure.
Between January 20 and 23, the lack of agreement between Republicans and Democrats led to a closure of government. The previous one had occurred in 2013 and lasted 16 days.
The most recent measure on the budget has angered some Republicans, while Democrats are upset by the lack of concessions on immigration issues.
The funds to keep the government running ended at midnight, because at that time the budget for a month that had been agreed to end the previous closure was completed.
What happened did not come as a surprise to the White House, which had already advanced in the afternoon hours that it was preparing for a closure of the federal agencies.
And although the Senate had approved the new spending plan, l a proposal faces ba an even more difficult in the House of Representatives exam .
The hopes for a quick vote in the upper house on Thursday afternoon were dissolved before the uprising of Senator Paul.
Why oppose ” budget hawks ” ?
While the spending bill for the Pentagon has delighted the wing most concerned with the party’s national security, fiscal conservatives are standing up for the ramifications for the nation’s debt.
In a fatalistic speech, Paul, a senator from Kentucky, fiercely accused his fellow Republicans of fiscal debauchery.
“I took this position because I was quite critical of President Obama’s one trillion dollar deficit,” he said.
“Now we have the Republicans, hand in hand with the Democrats, offering us a deficit of a trillion dollars.”
“Honestly, in good faith, I can not simply look the other way simply because my party is now complicit in the deficits .”
This would be “the very definition of hypocrisy,” he added.
Qu é he had agreed
As Senator Paul pointed out, the 650-page spending plan was only made public on Wednesday night, so many details remain unclear.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said the package would increase “a little more” spending of $ 300 billion.
According to The Washington Post, that figure is half a trillion dollars.
The proposal contains US $ 165,000 million in additional defense spending and US $ 131,000 million in spending on internal issues such as health, infrastructure or against the opioid crisis, according to Reuters.
This would raise the debt ceiling until March 2019.
Why some Democrats are not happy?
Despite the approval of the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, who said that the budget agreement “would break the long cycle of spending crisis”, some Democrats have complained that the bill does not address the issue of immigration.
The leader of the party in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Thursday morning that she opposed the plan , but that she would not order the caucus of the Democrats to vote against.
The California congresswoman has called for the bill to include protection against deportation for “dreamers,” young immigrants who entered the United States with their parents illegally as children.
His remarks came a day after she told immigrant stories for eight hours on the floor of the lower house, the longest speech since 1909.
The Obama era guarantees for these immigrants were canceled by President Donald Trump and are scheduled to be invalid as of March.
Illinois Representative Luis Gutierrez, one of the leading congressmen in defense of immigrants, is urging his colleagues to vote against the plan.
“Do not conspire with this government,” he said.
What does the White House say?
Kellyanne Conway, the president’s adviser, told Fox News that the agreement offers long-term budgetary certainty and funding for government priorities, including infrastructure and funds for the military.
Earlier this week, President Trump said he “would love to see” a US government shutdown in case there was not an agreement to finance the wall he proposes to build on the border with Mexico.
Deficits are already projected to increase due to the Trump government’s $ 1.5 trillion tax cuts, which were approved by Congress in December.