US Senate votes to re-open the government

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Shane Bouvet a campaign volunteer in the Oval Office of the White House Friday Feb. 9 2018 in Washington

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Shane Bouvet a campaign volunteer in the Oval Office of the White House Friday Feb. 9 2018 in Washington

Deficit hawks like Paul, who do not want to see an increase to the $20 trillion in debt the USA government has taken on, lost out as the Senate voted 71-28 to fund the government through March 23 and pass the two-year spending bill in early hours voting Friday.

The House voted 240-186 to approve the bill just before dawn Friday, hours after the Senate had approved the measure with a 71-28 vote at about 2 a.m.

Trump, in announcing he had signed the legislation, contended it will help the US military be "stronger than ever before". The president did not tweet.

Friday's deal allows for $US165 billion in additional defence spending over two years that will help Trump deliver on his promise to rebuild the military. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to shrug off concerns that several Republicans as well as Democrats might oppose the deal.

On Wednesday, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, spoke for a record eight hours on the House floor, calling for a permanent measure that protects the almost 800,000 undocumented people, known as "Dreamers", who were brought to the U.S. as children. "But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party", Paul said during his marathon speech.

Trump sought to address both camps on Twitter on Friday, lamenting that the package contained "waste" in order to win Democratic votes - while vowing to pursue talks on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That's the problem for Democrats, especially in the House, where no vote has been promised on Dreamers, who have lived in the country illegally since they were children.

The bipartisan budget deal, which eventually cleared the Senate and the House, will lift strict budget caps and pave the way for lawmakers to spend an extra $300 billion over the next two years on defense and domestic programs.

The shutdown was the second in two weeks.

Meanwhile, many Republicans like Paul are concerned about the bill's projected effect on the federal deficit.

That agreement includes a US$300 billion increase to both military and non-military spending limits for this year and 2019, and raises the debt until March 1 next year.

While most Republicans have decided they don't care about their fiscal ideology now that Barack Obama isn't president, Paul objected to the bill's massive spending increases.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., filed a motion to take up the budget deal late Wednesday night. "To me the main thing is funding the military".

The budget deal also includes $89 billion in hurricane disaster relief, as it totals close to $400 billion in new spending.

McConnell moved on the Senate floor to vote to open debate on the bill Monday evening.

The shutdown happened even as a bipartisan spending bill that would have averted it awaited a vote in the Senate.

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