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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trump disagrees with the government

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A sector of the Republican match in the Congress of the United States government makes a call to change the impact that these measures on the deficit can have on the government itself. Meanwhile, there are numerous Democratic lawmakers who opposed the proposal because it did not mention the regularization of hundreds of thousands of immigrants called "Dreamers" who can constitute in the not too distant future a concern and a notorious burden for the government. The "dreamers" were protected from deportation by the DACA program, a decree of the Obama era. But Trump annulled it last September, setting March 5 as the deadline for Congress to legislate.

The President, Donald Trump, signed into law a temporary budget bill approved by Congress on Friday and reopens his government until March 23, after an eight-hour shutdown during the night.

The project runs until March 23 the financing of the federal government, a period in which legislators should have time to convert this temporary budget agreement into a permanent bill. The agreement gives the president the possibility to fulfill one of his campaign promises, the military budget increase, increasing the debt ceiling until March 2019.

The Democratic opposition achieved a similar increase for non-military expenditures such as medical coverage for poor children, the fight against opiates, investments in infrastructure, and a 90 billion dollar aid for states devastated by hurricanes and fires in 2017. According to sources of the Senate, in total, the increase could reach almost 300,000 million dollars per year.

The presidential firm put an end to a tense sequence of events because the government needed to approve a budget law before midnight, or close for lack of money to finance their operations. Rand Paul, a senator from the most ultraconservative wing of the Republican match, delivered a long and fiery speech to reprimand the agreement because in practice it keeps the public deficit out of control, which could reach a trillion dollars by 2019.

The Senate, after the deadline for adopting a budget and with the government technically in 'shutdown', canceled the session and called another one to vote on the project, which was approved by 71 votes to 28. Hours later, the House of Representatives, (the lower house of Congress) also approved the measure by 240 votes to 186, thus sending the law for the presidential sanction.

For his part, Republican Mitch McConnell, head of the majority in the Senate, and his Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer, had reached a ground of understanding on the amounts of the 2018 and 2019 budgets, on Wednesday, allowing the government to plan long-term their expenses and investments.

Despite this, this generalized increase in expenditures ends with a law recently passed by Congress that drastically reduced taxes, with the inevitable impact on tax collection, in a worrisome picture.