Lone Senator sends U.S. hurtling towards midnight government shutdown

Lone Senator sends U.S. hurtling towards midnight government shutdown

The Office of Management and Budget has officially ordered the USA government closed.

Without new funds, federal agencies would have to be ordered to partially shut down.

He notes that his office is "hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration".

Although officially the government shutdown at midnight, it is possible it will be open for business on Friday.

Pence is in South Korea, where he is leading the US delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

"'I talked to him this afternoon", he said.

The stopgap spending bill would keep the government open through March 23 to allow time to write and pass detailed follow-up "omnibus" legislation to fund the government through the September 30 end of the fiscal year.

Paul said he wasn't pushing for a government shutdown. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus already announced that their roughly 30 members will vote against the pact.

Essential government functions will continue regardless.

"All Senator Rand Paul is asking for is a 15-minute vote on his amendment to restore the budget caps".

"I want people to feel uncomfortable" voting in favor of big deficits, Paul said.

"It's his right, of course, to vote against the bill", McConnell said around 6 p.m. EST.

How could one senator potentially cause a government shutdown?

Pence is set to lead the US delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday evening. "And government will keep taking your money irresponsibly and adding to a $20 trillion debt", he said.

Pence traveled to the Middle East during the three-day January government shutdown, with aides citing the same exception.

Paul opposed the budget package, saying it will further add debt and fiscal deficit to the government. He said the 652-page measure was "printed at midnight" and was a bill that "no one has read".

Trump's comments were strikingly disconnected from the progress on Capitol Hill, where the House passed a short-term spending measure Tuesday night and Senate leaders were closing in on a larger, long-term pact after of a Thursday night deadline. "But if they have 170 and we can't put up 40 to support a bipartisan bill coming from the Senate, then we get blamed for a shutdown".

Hoyer's overture comes as Republican Sen. Under Senate rules, lawmakers must wait an "intervening day" before they can vote to cut off debate, unless they get an agreement from all 100 senators to speed up the clock.

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"The Office of Management and Budget is now preparing for a lapse in appropriations", an OMB official said.

Trump has offered to give the Dreamers protection from deportation and a pathway to citizenship over 10 to 12 years, but he wants in exchange $25 billion to fund his proposed US-Mexico border wall and tighter restrictions on legal immigration. Then, the president still has to sign any bill.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, among the most prominent hawks in Congress, mocked Paul on Twitter for the call to withdraw from Afghanistan, saying that would not be a good idea.

The deal was announced Wednesday as a bipartisan breakthrough that could free Congress from an endless cycle of spending fights.

The result could be the return of trillion-dollar deficits for the first time since Obama's first term.

Senate leaders remained confident the spending deal would pass easily in the end.

Paul brushed off pleas from Senate leaders. "But I would argue that it is time to vote".

At midnight on Thursday, funding authority for most federal agencies expired without any intervening action by Congress.

That's according to Oregon Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader.

At a closed-door evening meeting of House Democrats, Pelosi told lawmakers: "We have a moment".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who backs the bill, predicted the Republican-controlled House would pass it.

But both House Democrats and conservative Republicans are threatening to withhold support for a vote that's a few hours away.

Optimism about the $300 billion, two-year budget agreement began to falter earlier Thursdayas some House Democrats threatened to vote against the bill because it does not address immigration.

The deal also spends more on other administration priorities, including infrastructure and the opioid drug epidemic. But he also wasn't interested in keeping the government open for a "reckless" spending deal that busts the budget caps.

Now, signs lawmakers on both sides are willing to vote on a less than flawless deal to keep the government running.

The bipartisan compromise would provide the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. The first, conservative Republicans, worry the increased spending is fiscally irresponsible.

In the House on Wednesday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave an eight-hour speech pushing for protections for DREAMers.

On Tuesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly threw fuel on the dispute as he defended Trump's proposed solution.

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