Friday, February 9, 2018

US gov't to shut down at midnight

US gov't to shut down at midnight
The U.S. government is to shut down at midnight as Senate went into recess and missed a midnight deadline to pass a short-term funding bill.

Senator Rand Paul on Thursday blocked the Senate from a vote on a short-term funding bill which will fund the government through March 23 and a bipartisan budget package which will set spending framework for fiscal year 2018 and 2019.

Paul opposed the budget package, saying it will further add debt and fiscal deficit to the government.

The budget package, agreed by the leaders from both Republican and Democratic parties and supported by President Donald Trump, will increase defense and non-defense spending by about US$300 billion for the next two years, and also raise the debt ceiling through March 2019.

The Senate recessed around 11 p.m. Thursday (0400 GMT Friday) with plans to reconvene just after midnight.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Thursday has directed federal agencies to prepare for a lapse in funding.

1 comment:

  1. The US House of Representatives has approved a bill to fund the federal government until 23 March and to increase overall spending limits over two years, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump.

    The bill, approved 240-186, would end an hours-long government shutdown that started at midnight last night when current government funding expired.

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


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