Published February 9, 2018
WASHINGTON – For the second time within a month, the federal government was shutdown due to failure of the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to fund the government. The federal government was shutdown on January 20, 2018 because of Congress’ failure to fund the government.
The shutdown was caused because GOP Senator Rand Paul held up votes on the budget on Thursday. The Senate went into recess at 11 p.m. – Eastern Time and is expected to reconvene soon after midnight.
Both the House and Senate will be working overnight. It is possible that a budget bill could be passed and government could reopen Friday morning.