US avoids government shutdown as Congress passes spending bill –

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

One notable exception was the Department of Homeland Security, whose funding
has only been agreed until the end of February.

Senators agreed a package which will include $5 billion to counter the
Jihadist Islamic State and $5.4 billion to tackle the Ebola crisis.

Agreement came at the end of a bruising battle marked by ill tempered haggling
which came to an end after a rare Saturday session.

There there divisions between the parties, with the Republicans trying to
limit the President’s freedom of action, notably over immigration.

But the battle between the Republican establishment and the right wing Tea
Party was also laid bare. Moderates rounded on Ted Cruz, a potential
right-wing standard bearer in the battle for the Republican for trying to
cut funds for the President’s proposed immigration amnesty.

This in turn led to the unravelling of a bipartisan agreement to spare the
Senate having to sit over the weekend.

It left senators, many of whom having been forced to cancel holiday plans,
trudging through a series of more than two dozen votes

Democrats in turn were unhappy at the price they had to pay for the passage of
the spending bill including easing restrictions on banks which were imposed
after the 2008 financial crash.

The agreement will be a relief for the President who will face a far more
difficult Congress when in the new year when, as a result of the midterm
elections, the Republicans will control both the Senate and House of


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