Spending bill on way to President's desk

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- UPDATE:
The House has narrowly passed a sweeping bipartisan budget accord, ending an hours-long government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

The 240-186 vote sends the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it.

Passage of the measure came over the opposition of Democratic leaders who demanded the promise of a vote to protect "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

A band of tea party Republicans swung against the legislation as well, repelled by its spiraling spending levels.

Earlier Friday morning, the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government. That bill moved to the House, which they have now passed.

Senators voted 71-28 to approve the deal, easily overcoming objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.

The bill stalled in the Senate Thursday night when one of the opponents, Sen. Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote.

Paul's protest forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline for passing a funding measure to keep the government operating.
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ORIGINAL STORY:
The U.S. government shut down at midnight eastern time, as Congress missed the deadline to pass spending bill.

Sen. Rand Paul held up the vote and for a brief period the Senate adjourned in the 11 p.m. hour until 12:01 a.m. Friday, February 9.

On the Senate floor Thursday night, CBS News reported Paul railed against his own party for allowing greater spending, deficits and ultimately debt. He was upset about government spending on everything from Afghanistan to misspent funds diverted from school lunch programs, saying both parties are "spending us into oblivion."

Paul said, "If you were against Obama's deficits and now you're for the Republicans deficit - isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?"

CBS News said a frustrated Senate Majority Whip, John Cornyn, R-Texas, said at 10 p.m. he didn't understand why his colleague was holding up the vote when it would not change the outcome.

The Senate has a 1:00 a.m. eastern vote scheduled to end debate on the spending bill. If the bill passes, it will then be sent to the house.

The massive agreement would fund the government for six weeks and raises federal budget caps for two years -- on defense and domestic spending.

The bill would also lift the nation's debt ceiling for a year and allocate $90 billion for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires.

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