Shutdown yet again—but Congress passes budget bill to end impasse
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Feb 08, 2018
The federal government shut down for the second time this calendar year, as of 12:01 Friday, Feb. 9, as the Senate was unable to pass a bill in time to beat the funding deadline.
But ultimately lawmakers rounded up the votes needed to pass a longer-term spending bill—complete with authority to raise the debt ceiling into next year, a move that should bring greater stability to federal funding.
The budget bill—approved by both House and Senate and sent to the White House for quick signing—is a rare bird in recent days, an actual budget bill. In a deal months in the making that gives much to both parties’ priorities, covering the longer haul, the bill offers $165 billion for Defense, $90 billion for disaster relief, $6 billion to help manage the opioid crisis, an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program.
The catch? There are a few—for those focused on immigration there was no deal on the soon-to-expire Deferred Action on Child Arrivals program, and disappointing deficit hawks the bill blows out deficit spending caps agreed to half a decade ago. Also, the bill actually only funds the government into late next month—a detailed spending bill would have to be passed by March 23.
But for feds, the bill and agreement around its outlines should mean getting back to work—and a lot less drama in the months to come.