>> The US Congress has put its budget battles in the rear-view mirror, but not without a dose of last-minute drama and dysfunction. Lawmakers in the Senate and the House signed off on a massive increase in government spending early Friday providing hundreds of billions of dollars for the military and domestic programs.
But they did so only after leaving the government without any funds for several hours. The second shutdown in the space of a month. Congregational leaders had hoped to pass the bill before the money ran out at midnight Thursday. But they were forced to cool their heels for hours as Republican Senator Rand Paul held the floor.
Blasting the bill as a budget buster that would only add to America's growing debt burden.>> So the reason I'm here tonight, Is to put people on the spot. I want people to feel uncomfortable.>> Andy Sullivan is in Washington following the story.>> A lot of people are annoyed with Rand Paul right now but he raises an important point.
This is a dramatic shift for the Republican Party which for years has defined itself as a party of fiscal restraint. Now, within the space of a few days, they've turned around dramatically and signed off on hundreds of billions of dollars of spending. Paul's protest forced the Senate to pass the bill after the deadline.
The House then followed suit hours later. That meant the second government shutdown of the Trump presidency had minimal impact, as funding was restored before most federal workers had to show up for work. The budget deal ends years of self-imposed austerity. Giving the government an additional $300 billion over two years for everything from opioid treatment to new submarines.
It provides nearly 90 billion in disaster aid to hurricane ravaged areas like Texas and Puerto Rico. It also raises the debt ceiling for another year, ensuring that the government will be able to pay its bills through the November congressional elections. The bill does not resolve the status of the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, who could face the possibility of deportation if Congress does not act.
Democrats have been pushing for months to give them a legal status. And Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi held the floor for eight hours Wednesday, telling their stories.>> Our young people are our future and these Dreamers are part of that.>> The Senate could turn to that issue now that the budget fight is over.