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US government officially shuts down as Congress fails to pass spending bill in time

US government officially shuts down as Congress fails to pass spending bill in time | 09 Feb 2018 | U.S. government funding lapsed Friday as Congress's efforts to pass a spending bill fizzled out in the Senate for the second time in less than a month. Despite bipartisan support for a massive budget agreement, Congress failed to approve a funding plan before the midnight Thursday deadline. In this case, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blocked repeated moves to vote on the measure over concerns about massive spending increases contained in the budget deal. Paul called the spending reckless and pushed for a vote on an amendment to reinstate budget caps, which Senate leadership did not allow.