What’s going on?
Congress has pushed through a major budget deal that increases government spending caps by a whopping $300 billion over the next two years. Conservative lawmakers like Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) aren’t happy.
This week, Lee used the analogy of a trip to the grocery store to illustrate why out-of-control government spending is insane. If you go to the store for bread and milk, why should you have to buy one of every item in the store to purchase those two things? Why is government funding an all-or-nothing decision?
Did the government shut down?
Very briefly, yes. Congress approved a budget deal that President Donald Trump signed into law early this morning, ending the overnight shutdown.
Who else fought the deal?
In the House, 76 Republicans voted against the continuing resolution, while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Democrats to vote no because the bill doesn’t include a provision for DACA.
Paul delayed the bill on the Senate floor until 1 a.m. this morning, forcing a brief government shutdown until the deal went to a vote.