Last month, the government officially entered a shutdown. While the Senate and House were able to pass a temporary extension, making the shutdown only last a couple of days, the days have quickly passed before another one was on the horizon. In the days leading up to February 9, when the government funding would run out again, Senate and House leaders worked hard to create a budget deal that the majority would approve of.
On Wednesday, Senate leaders announced a 2-year budget deal that included bipartisan approval. However, there were some major concerns with it, especially in the House, regarding the vast increase in spending and the lack of a plan for DACA immigrants.
With all of the backlash over the new deal, the representatives were not able to reach an agreement before midnight on Thursday. Thus, the government entered into a partial shutdown on Friday, February 9, at 12:01 a.m. It is considered "partial" because it did not ever affect normal operating hours.
Thankfully, the shutdown only lasted for a couple of hours before a new agreement was finally reached. Just before 2 a.m. on Friday morning, the Senate passed a vote on the budget. After, the House members approved it as well.
The budget deal totals around $400 billion and includes an increase in defense and nondefense spending, infrastructure programs, disaster relief funds, and more. However, it still does not include a plan for immigration.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “Ultimately, neither side got everything it wanted in this agreement, but we reached a bipartisan compromise that puts the safety and well-being of the American people first. Once the president signs this bill into law, we will have a clear path to pursue our ambitious agenda for 2018.”
While neither side was able to completely satisfy all of their wants for the budget deal, Republicans got a massive increase in military spending and Democrats got an increase in domestic spending, items that they had each been vying for.
According to USA Today, the budget also came with a six-week temporary funding bill in order to keep the government operating until the logistics of the new deal can be installed.
With the passing of the new deal, the government will be able to resume as usual. The few hour shutdown has come and gone.
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