Midnight deadline passes- Gov't shuts down as bipartisan spending bill stalls.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government stumbled into a shutdown at midnight as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington.
The shutdown — technically a lapse in agency appropriations — was the second government closure in less than a month, another product of election-year partisan disputes and persistent internal divisions in both parties.
It crept up slowly Thursday night after GOP Sen. Rand Paul repeatedly held up votes on the budget plan, futilely seeking a vote on reversing spending increases.
"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits," the Kentucky senator said. "Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can't in all honesty look the other way."
Sen. Rand Paul: "I hope those who look at this bill, who actually truly do believe that debt is a problem, will consider saying 'Enough is enough,' and 'I'm not voting for more debt.'"
Sen. Rand Paul: "I hope those who look at this bill, who actually truly do believe that debt is a problem, will consider saying 'Enough is enough,' and 'I'm not voting for more debt.'" pic.twitter.com/wT4YQIVpJC— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) February 9, 2018