The short-lived U.S. government shutdown ended on Friday after President Donald Trump signed into law a comprehensive deal that anticipated move budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone.
The bill was approved widely in the Senate and made it past the insurgence of sixty-seven Republicans in the House of Representatives, who were mainly displeased regarding non-military spending increases.
Trump’s signature ended the partial government shutdown, which is the closure of federal agencies, and the second shutdown this year. After Trump signed the measure, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management sent notices to federal employees advising them to report to work.
Trump said after signing the measure, “Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military” with additional funding. Trump also added that negotiations will “start now!” regarding his battle with Democrats for an immigration measure.
This is the fifth temporary government funding measure since October 1, which replenishes federal funds until March 23 and covers the U.S. government’s borrowing authority until March 2019. With an additional $300 billion in new spending approved in Friday’s bill will result in the annual budget deficit surpassing $1 trillion in 2019, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Friday’s budget deal called for an additional $165 billion in defense spending over two years, assisting Trump to live up to his vow of improving the U.S. military. Most Republicans were in favor of this but did not have the same sentiment towards the additional $131 billion made available for healthcare and infrastructure.
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The additional spending will not be compensated by revenue increases or budget savings elsewhere including the addition of $90 billion in new disaster aid for U.S. states and territories affected last year’s hurricanes or wildfires.