Soon after 1 a.m. Friday, the Senate began a procedural vote on the continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government and the budget agreement.
A carefully crafted, bipartisan stopgap funding and budget package was introduced with confidence earlier this week by Senate leaders, who predicted swift passage before the expiration at midnight on Thursday of current funding authority.
Paul claimed the price tag is too big, and that instead of spending more on defense, the USA should withdraw from Afghanistan. Paul, who has said he was blindsided, suffered broken ribs in the November attack and developed pneumonia.
At midnight the federal government shut down for the second time in two weeks, after government funding expired, after Sen.
"You can make a point all you want, but points are forgotten", Tillis added. He has that right.
"I don't know why we are basically burning time here", Mr Cornyn said.
Conservative Republicans are also expressed hesitancy because of the major increases to domestic spending.
Democrats abandoned their opposition after three days, allowing the Senate and House to pass a temporary spending bill on January 23. They oppose it on concerns over immigration and deficits, respectively.
Paul's objection drew an angry response from a fellow Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who argued America's military desperately needs additional funds after years of budget caps that constrained both the Pentagon and domestic programs. It also includes: $6 billion to fight the opioid crisis; $5.8 billion for child care development block grants;$4 billion for veterans medical facilities; $2 billion for medical research; $20 billion to augment existing infrastructure programs; and $4 billion for college affordability. The agreement is an attempt to end the repeated drama of short-term funding bills that have occupied Congress for much of the past five months. The deal also includes an extension of the debt ceiling through March 1, 2019.
"I think we will get this done".
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., insisted that he will bring up DACA legislation.
"Part of it depends on the Democrats".
Ryan so far has resisted, saying he will only bring up a bill that Trump supports. We are going to deliver our share of support.
"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", the Kentucky senator said.
Democrats, disappointed that the measure does not address the status of Dreamers, have protested the spending package and their potential loss of leverage in future immigration negotiations if it goes through. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked Speaker Paul Ryan in a Thursday night letter to promise he would bring an immigration measure sponsored by Reps.
Paul said he was asking for a 15-minute debate and then a vote on his amendment, which was certain to lose. "Many of our priorities are in the bill".
A bipartisan budget pact has cleared a key hurdle in the Senate and should shortly be sent to the House as lawmakers work in the pre-dawn hours to re-open the government. The uncertainty was keeping the capital on edge.
Different groups are working to prepare legislation for the immigration effort, including conservatives who are working on a legislative version of President Donald Trump's proposed framework and a group of bipartisan senators who have been meeting almost daily to try to reach agreement on the issue.
Democrats believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE will be a drag on the GOP and that his low approval ratings will sink GOP congressional candidates in the fall. Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being "complicit" in the looming return of trillion-dollar budget deficits. "The budget does move us towards a path of restoring fiscal responsibility".