Lone Senator sends USA hurtling towards midnight government shutdown

The Latest Shutdown begins as Senate blows budget deadline

With no vote to approve funding before the midnight deadline February 8, the federal government has shut down as of 12:00 a.m. February 9.

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney issued the order, notifying federal agencies they should execute their contingency plans. His right to object will expire in the wee hours of Friday morning and the Senate is expected to pass the bill. A sweeping bipartisan vote is expected on the measure, which is attached to a huge budget agreement, but the timing and outcome of a House vote are less certain.

A shutdown - technically a lapse in agency appropriations - became inevitable as GOP Sen.

The next vote is at 1 a.m. Paul will be allowed to speak again for an hour.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is telling agencies to prepare for a lapse in federal funding ahead of a possible government shutdown as Congress attempts to pass a two-year budget deal. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, wants his amendment to be added to the bill.

Paul is protesting that the bill would usher in the return of trillion-dollar budget deficits.

His actions mean he is single-handedly propelling the government to a shutdown.

The OMB is tasked with implementing the president's budget and managing funding priorities for executive agencies.

Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Olympics will be unaffected by a potential U.S. government shutdown.

Pence is in South Korea, where he is leading the USA delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

President Donald Trump is applauding a budget deal reached by Senate leaders Wednesday.

But Pelosi said on the House floor that because House Speaker Paul Ryan has yet to promise an immigration vote, the emerging budget pact "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus".

Senate leaders hope to approve a budget deal Thursday to keep the government operating past midnight amid opposition from Democratic liberals and tea-party Republicans. A budget agreement would nearly certainly mean that many Democrats would support it, thereby guaranteeing that there wouldn't be another shutdown.

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