US in shutdown as Senate fails to approve spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, January 19, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON - The US government moved into shutdown as the midnight deadline for the US Senate to approve a bill to keep the federal government running passed.

The Senate remained short of the votes needed to approve the bill, despite Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, in a dramatic late-night session, leaving voting open in the hope of a pre-midnight deal that would ensure funding for the government through February 16.

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As the clock ticked toward midnight, McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer huddled in a room just off the Senate floor.

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With no funding bill having passed, the US government technically will run out of money by midnight Friday.

This will force a government shutdown with scores of federal agencies across the country unable to continue operating.


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