Lawmakers Press to Reopen Government, Pass Huge Bipartisan Budget Deal

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Lawmakers are striving in the pre-dawn hours to reopen the federal government, shuttered since midnight after a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan spending deal.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul blocked a vote on the $400 billion spending measure, which is married to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to prevent the shutdown and provide time to implement the budget pact. Paul was protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington.

Paul pushed a set of Senate votes into early Friday morning. The measure, backed by the Senate’s top leaders, was expected to sail through the chamber.


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