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.
BREAKING: House narrowly passes bipartisan budget measure, ending government shutdown.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 9, 2018
The government shut down at midnight Thursday after Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being “complicit” in the looming return of trillion-dollar budget deficits.