Last Friday the clock struck 12:00 and there was no budget for 75% of the US Government but relief was at hand.  At 2:00am the Senate passed the so-called mini-bus appropriations bill that completes the funding process for fiscal year 2024 that started on October 1, of last year.  This means that the government shutdown threat is taken off the table until the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1.

Friday saw a hectic rush to get the legislation passed and to the White House.  The day started with a contentious vote in the House.  A group of Freedom Caucus conservative Republicans were upset that the Speaker violated the internal Republican Caucus 72 hour rule for a bill to be available before a vote.  Arguing that the bill was over 1,000 pages long, there was not time to give it an appropriate review.  However, most of the bill had been available for months as the various government departments had had their budgets reviewed.

As with any compromise bill no one side got everything they wanted.  Democrats got some additional funding for early childhood education and nutrition programs, while Republicans were successful in increasing the number of illegal immigrant detention beds from 34,000 to 42,000 and an additional 22,000 border agents.  Re...

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