Ultimately, enough members from both parties joined forces to get the temporary spending bill across the finish line, but the bill's fate in the House had been far from certain.
"I think he does want to avoid hard questions". Trump can't expect many Republicans to ever get behind his plan, which goes far beyond curbs on illegal immigration to restrict legal immigration in cruel ways that would harm US competitiveness and standing.
The proposal also represents a sharp change in tone for Republicans who under President Barack Obama railed strongly for fiscal austerity and warned about a ballooning national debt, and are now in effect removing barriers to spending previously put in place in part by leaders from their own party. The agreement reportedly would bust through budget caps for fiscal 2018 and 2019 to raise federal spending by about $300 billion in total. With no offsets in the form of other spending cuts or new tax revenues, that additional spending will be financed by borrowed money.
"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said.
"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", he said. "So if we can negotiate a deal like I think we've gotten that essentially meets every other one of our priorities then I think that's where a lot of the Democrats are". Really who is to blame?
"We have a 700-page bill that no one has read, that was printed at midnight", Paul noted as the clocked ticked closer to the end of the day.
But Paul argued Republicans who were backing the two-year budget deal, which jacks up spending by $300 billion over two years, were turning their backs on their conservative roots, as many took similar stands when Democrats were in control of the House and Senate.
"We got what we needed in hurricane disaster assistance, to help people rebuild their lives", said Sen. The S&P 500 slumped 3.8 per cent.
As she was leaving the Senate floor Friday night after the Senate voted to pass a budget deal and fund government into March, Maine Republican Sen. "We'll do a shutdown and it's worth it for our country".
"I can keep them here until three in the morning", Paul said on Fox News Thursday evening.
"To me, it's a fascinating display of a bipartisan win and at the same time, Democrats ripping themselves apart about a bipartisan agreement", McHenry told reporters.
In debate on the House floor, most Democrats focused on the issue of DACA and the Dreamers, demanding a vote on legislation dealing with that immigration matter. However, it does not include funding for border security or deal with protecting young illegal migrants brought to the U.S. as children. Trump threatened in September to end a program that protects them in March. And if any amendment passed, it would blow up the budget agreement. They point to the decisions that reflect a relatively traditional Republican presidency as reasons for their high support.
"We ought to have a debate on this", said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA). "So that's an alternative we're going to suggest to him and work with him on".
A number of top House Democrats said they are "disappointed" their Senate colleagues are considering agreeing to caps, feeling they lose leverage in their immigration negotiations. Democrats have balked at those terms.
The bill cleared the way for massive spending increases, including doling out almost $90 billion in funding for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and increasing the debt ceiling which was set to be reached next month. Even people whom you might expect to vote no ― for example, Freedom Caucus member Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) and former Freedom Caucus member Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) ― were sounding noncommittal either way on Thursday.