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00:00:01
>> The US government approved a budget deal early Friday too late to avoid a government shutdown that was already underway after midnight. What lawmakers approved would be a massive increase in government spending. That will provide hundreds of billions of dollars for military and domestic programs. It also includes a stopgap funding bill if the deal is next approved in the House of Representatives.
00:00:22
It's the second shutdown in the space of a month. Congressional leaders had hopped to pass the bill before the money run out at midnight Thursday. But they were forced to cool their heels for hours after Republican Senator Rand Paul held the floor blasting the bill as a budget buster that will only add to America's growing debt burden.
00:00:39
>> So the reason I'm here tonight, is to put people on the spot. I want people to feel uncomfortable.>> Andy Sullivan is in Washington following the story.>> A lot of people are annoyed with Rand Paul right now but he raises an important point. This is a dramatic shift for the Republican Party which for years has defined itself as a party of fiscal restraint.
00:00:59
Now within the space of a few days, they've turned around dramatically and signed off on hundreds of billions of dollars of spending.>> Paul's protest forced the Senate to approve the bill after the budget deadline. The House is expected to vote before daybreak. If it passes it would mean the second shutdown of the Trump presidency only has minimal impact with funding restored before most federal workers have to show up for work.
00:01:22
>> The other big thing this bill does is it provides a framework for lawmakers to then go in and fill the details. They now know how much they have to work with when they are writing the spending bills for the Pentagon and for domestic programs. The Pentagon is particular has been very critical of Congress over these past few months for not passing a budget on time and telling it what it has to work with.
00:01:42
>> The bill would also raise the debt ceiling for another year, ensuring that the government will be able to pay it's bills through the November congressional elections.