AFTER A SHORT FIVE-HOUR GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, A LONG-TERM SPENDING DEAL IS AGREED UPON - February 9, 2018
After Last-Minute Drama, Congress Passes a Government Funding Bill
By Katherine McIntire Peters and Eric Katz, Government Executive
It was an unexpected nail-biter: After a short “technical” shutdown, Congress early Friday passed a measure that would raise spending levels by $300 billion over the next two years.
The vote came hours after appropriations expired at midnight, shuttering agencies for the second time in three weeks after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., derailed the Senate vote in a protest over ballooning deficit spending. The Senate finally passed the legislation early Friday with wide bipartisan support on a 71-28 vote.