President Trump used the brief government shutdown Friday morning to call for a Republican wave in the 2018 midterm elections. "Sadly, we needed some [Democratic] votes for passage," he tweeted, adding: "Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 election and beyond." The bipartisan budget Trump signed Friday includes a roughly $300 billion bump for military spending and domestic programs, as well as nearly $90 billion for disaster relief. The legislation was stalled late Thursday by Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who demanded the Senate vote on an amendment to maintain budget caps, but was denied. It was the second government shutdown in less than a month.
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