US Congress set to vote to avert shutdown

US Government shutdown

And liberal stalwarts including top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi were also in revolt, because the deal does nothing to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Despite simmering rebellion among Republicans and Democrats over a bipartisan budget agreement struck on Wednesday to end the logjam, the Senate had been aiming to vote on the deal later Thursday before sending it to the House.

The deal would extend the current level of federal funding until March 23, allowing congressional appropriators time to craft the details of a longer-term plan.

It also lifts the nation's debt ceiling for a year and another $90 billion in emergency funds will be allocated for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires.

But the bill has hit some unexpected snags as Congress races toward the deadline.

Senate Republicans tried at various points throughout the night to persuade Paul to back down.

In comparison, the 2009 fiscal stimulus bill passed at the bottom of a global recession under Obama was estimated to cost $787 billion over 10 years. Paul was protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington. "The problem is when Republicans are in charge, there's no conservative party, and that's kind of where we are now". "Give us a vote", she said.

The deal is expected to pass the Senate early Friday morning, despite Paul's standoff.

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GOP leaders note this is a bipartisan deal and therefore argue that Democrats should put up their fair share of votes.

Once known as the party of fiscal conservatism, the Republicans and Trump in December added an estimated US$1.5 trillion to the national debt with a sweeping tax overhaul bill, their only significant legislative achievement of 2017.

Essential government functions will continue regardless.

Earlier in the day on February 8, the Office of Management and Budget said it was "currently preparing for a lapse in appropriations".

With Sen. Paul blocking action on a funding plan, Democrats were more than happy to blame the GOP more broadly for the shutdown - no matter how short it lasts. "But I'm also confident that this is our best chance to begin rebuilding our military and make progress on issues directly affecting the American people".

But the deal's fate in the House is far from certain. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus already announced that their roughly 30 members will vote against the pact. Both Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said they were unwilling to compromise with Paul.

The deal also provides nearly $90bn for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, which have been hard-hit by hurricanes in the a year ago.

The US federal government officially shut down on Friday for the second time in three weeks after a single senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, held up a vote on a far-reaching budget deal that would have staved it off. "Give us a vote, let the House work its will", said Pelosi. If after that time lawmakers can't agree on a long-term deal, the government could face another shutdown. But one thing to note: While the Federal Bureau of Investigation does the groundwork, ultimately the White House makes the call about what to do with any derogatory information in a background check.

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