Government shutdown ends after Congress passes funding bill

by International | 09-02-2018 | 540 views

The United States’ second shutdown in three weeks ended on Friday, after the president signed a nearly $400bn funding bill that narrowly passed Congress only a few hours before. Funding for the federal government had lapsed at midnight eastern time after Kentucky Republican Rand Paul staled a Senate vote on a far-reaching budget agreement to fund the government through 22 March while also eliminating caps on government spending and suspending the debt ceiling for the year. The shutdown lasted only a few hours, giving the Senate and the House time to pass the 600-page, funding bill.

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