Eli Ridder | UNITED STATES
The United States Senate passed a two-year bipartisan budget bill after delays from a rogue Republican senator caused the vote to miss a crucial government shutdown deadline.
The bill is attached to a continuous funding bill that will keep federal agencies funded until Mar. 23 of this year.
Rand Paul went against his party due to disagreeing to spend more deficits to keep the federal government operating, calling leaders hypocritical as Republicans had criticized former President Barack Obama for carrying out similar policy.
After spending the day seeking out an amendment to the the budget deal, Mr. Paul of Kentucky held up the floor for an hour, pushing back procedures and causing the Senate to adjourn until after the midnight deadline.
Now, the legislation will be sent to the House of Representatives where it is uncertain that the bill will pass, largely due to Democratic Party concerns over the lack of protection for young undocumented immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
If Congress passes the budget, it will head to the desk of U.S. President Donald Trump for his approval, ending months of temporary spending bills and ending a second government shutdown of this year.
More details to follow. Image of the Capitol Building from previous files.