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United States government shuts down for second time

09 February 2018

The federal government just technically shut down again, for the second time in three weeks.

"This spending bill is a debt junkie's dream", Republican legislator Mo Brooks said, as reported by the Washington Post this week. His remarks came as Senate leaders attempted to schedule a vote on a bipartisan budget agreement attached to a bill to fund the government until March 23. That could mean a shutdown of just a few early-morning hours, a half a working day or more, depending on when voting takes place.

On Wednesday, Senate leadership announced the two-year budget deal, and it looked like the shutdown would be prevented if it passed the House.

The Senate-crafted bill, backed by Trump, although he played little role in its drafting, would end for many months, at least beyond November's midterm congressional elections, the fiscal policy squabbling that has consumed Congress for months. He didn't get it.

The measure - which would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with around $400 billion in new spending - was destined for overwhelming Senate approval, no matter what Paul did. Thursday night, the Kentucky Republican took on the entire U.S. Senate - and rather than fisticuffs, his weapons of choice were obstinacy and the chamber's weird rules.

But the plan is on unsure ground in the House too.

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In addition to Paul's objections, it is also unclear whether enough House Democrats will support the package.

Paul used a procedural move to stall the legislation - the result of a major bipartisan budget deal - from coming up for a vote.

The Trump administration could offer guidance suggesting that agencies not furlough workers because a bill is expected shortly, but any hiccup in the timing could send the government into a hard shutdown.

The deal runs over 600 pages, but it is still not a long-term solution.

Lawmakers are striving in the pre-dawn hours to reopen the federal government, shuttered since midnight after a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal.

That agreement includes a significant $300 billion increase to both military and non-military spending limits for this year and 2019, and raises the debt ceiling until March 1 next year. He believes the spending caps should be kept because federal spending is already too high.

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Senate leaders reached a two-year budget deak, but Sen. "Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill!" "This vote is happening in the House soon". But one thing to note: While the Federal Bureau of Investigation does the groundwork, ultimately the White House makes the call about what to do with any derogatory information in a background check.

The story changed throughout the day, with different leaders giving different instructions.

"This bill achieves our top priority, a much-needed increase in funding for our national defence", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. "This whip operation is just informational".

Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration.

USA president Donald Trump has called for a federal government shutdown earlier.

But Pelosi said on the House floor that because House Speaker Paul Ryan has yet to promise an immigration vote, the emerging budget pact "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus".

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United States government shuts down for second time