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U.S. senate approves budget deal but not before shutdown

Feb 09, 2018, 6:35 AM EST
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul stalled a Senate vote on the budget deal leading to the shutdown.
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The U.S. Senate passed a massive spending bill including a stopgap funding on Friday just hours after the government shutdown for the second time in three weeks, exposing the inability of Congress and the Trump administration to meet the most basic fiscal obligations.

The fate of the budget and stopgap funding package, which was passed by a vote of 71-28, hangs in the balance in the House of Representatives, where lawmakers are fragmented along party lines, writes Reuters.

Earlier on Thursday, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul stalled a Senate vote on the budget deal over concerns that it will considerably increase federal budget deficit without corresponding checks on spending, notes The Guardian.

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