By: Nicole Gaudiano & Deirdre Shesgreen – usatoday.com – February 9, 2018
President Trump signed a $400 billion budget deal Friday, hours after the House passed it in a pre-dawn vote, reopening the federal government after it was partially shut down for the second time in less than a month.
The House voted 240-186, with 73 Democrats and 167 Republicans voting in favor. The hours-long, middle-of-the-night shutdown was the shortest since the 1970s, according to the Congressional Research Service.
President Trump tweeted Friday that he signed the legislation for the government to officially reopen, just as the workday started for millions of federal workers.
“Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before,” the president tweeted. “We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”
The House vote marked the end of the shortest shutdown on record.
“Ultimately, neither side got everything it wanted in this agreement, but we reached a bipartisan compromise that puts the safety and well-being of the American people first,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement. “Once the president signs this bill into law, we will have a clear path to pursue our ambitious agenda for 2018.”
As promised, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted against the bill following her eight-hour marathon speech on Wednesday, protesting congressional inaction on protections for DREAMers, undocumented immigrants brought here as children.
Pelosi issued a statement early Friday that criticized Ryan…
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