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Congratulations, America! The GOP Just Shut Down the Government. Again

09 February 2018

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The Kentucky Republican took the floor to blast the increase in federal spending limits, and in particular the fiscal irresponsibility of his own party.

The shutdown, which started at midnight, was the second this year under the Republican-controlled Congress.

Paul was harshly criticized by his fellow Republicans for delaying an inevitable passage vote in the Senate.

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Sen. Rand Paul was blocking the Senate's move to quickly pass approve its massive budget deal Thursday with only hours until government funding lapses. He was upset about government spending on everything from Afghanistan to misspent funds diverted from school lunch programs, saying both parties are "spending us into oblivion".

The Senate approved it earlier and sent it to the House of Representatives.

An angry Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) accused Paul of playing games as the federal government lurched closer to running out of funding for the second time in three weeks.

The Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney began plans to close non-essential government operations according to a spokesman.

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The bill also lifts the nation's debt ceiling for a year and allocates $90 billion for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires.

Under Senate rules, the earliest the chamber can vote on the two-year budget deal is early Friday morning, unless every senator agreed to speed things up.

Senator Paul has been opposing the panned boost to military and has been against budget deficits.

Other Republicans were said to oppose a bi-partisan deal created to put an end to squabbling over fiscal policy, at least until beyond November's midterm congressional elections. "Every one of those republicans complained about President Obama's deficits and yet now we have them out there bragging and pushing and doing everything they can to get their trillion dollar deficit through". House Speaker Paul Ryan needs some Democrats to vote for it, just to get a simple majority.

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Congratulations, America! The GOP Just Shut Down the Government. Again