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Government Partially Shuts Down as Senate Fails to Take Up $1.2T Spending Package

The Senate failed to pass a $1.2T government spending package that was approved by the House earlier on Friday, ushering in a partial government shutdown.

The upper chamber’s Republicans and Democrats did not reach a deal in which they would forego a lengthy period of debate and swiftly take a vote on the spending bills in time to avoid the shutdown. Due to disagreements between the parties on whether to consider several amendments, the bills weren’t passed prior to the 12:01 a.m. deadline on Saturday.

However, within the 11 p.m. hour on Friday night, the parties appeared to reach an agreement, with senators returning to the floor. Two senior GOP Senate sources confirmed to Fox News Digital that votes on amendments and the spending package are expected shortly after midnight.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that an agreement was reached on the floor with only minutes until midnight, adding that several amendment votes would take place first.

The House passed the appropriations measures in the late morning on Friday by a vote of 286 to 134. However, the majority of Republican representatives voted against the package, demonstrating the deep-running resentment of the spending bills’ content and the procedure they followed.

This unhappiness was evident among Senate Republicans as well, several of whom refused to allow the group of bills to pass in an expedited fashion in order to avoid a partial government shutdown unless Democrats would be willing to take votes on several amendments, including multiple that were focused on the southern border and illegal immigration.

But the Democrats were similarly unwilling to take votes on all the GOP-requested amendments, particularly those with the capability of passing with bipartisan support, as they would send the package back to the house. They were also against voting on any amendments related to illegal immigration, as they might harm vulnerable senators up for re-election in November, GOP Senate sources told Fox News Digital.

The government is technically in a partial shutdown, but given the fact that the shutdown occurred during non-work hours and ahead of a weekend, the full affects won’t be felt unless it extends until Monday. If a spending package is not passed by then, the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Labor, and Health and Human Services, as well as Financial Services and General Government, the legislative branch, and State and Foreign Operations will be affected.

Other areas of the government won’t experience any gaps in funding, as the first $460 billion package was passed on March 8 to fund the Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Justice and Commerce departments, Energy and Water Development, the Department of Interior, and Transportation and Housing.

While the Senate only failed to pass the second of the two six-bill packages, those six appropriations are set to fund departments that make up nearly 70% of the federal government. The affected government departments and agencies are now required to shut down, but they won’t completely cease operating.

Certain roles and functions of workers and their various departments and agencies deemed essential are required to continue, though they will not be paid during the lapse in government funding. For example, officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will continue to work and allow travel functions, and active-duty military members will also continue their duties, which are necessary to U.S. national security.

The government cannot continue its full regular functions until Congress passes appropriations to resume funding.

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  • Dog Tag says:

    Shut the ROGUE GOVERNMENT DOWN AND DEPORT THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS OUT OF DC. THESE FRAUD ACTORS ARE KILLING US ALL.AMERICANS KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS. SUCH GREED, AND LUST FOR THE ENRICHMENT AGAINST THE PEOPLE. DEMS and most republicans are frauds and they don’t give a fk about you me or anyone who isn’t in their Web of Deceit. Screw Joseph Biden, and the Democrats, and anyone who supports the spending Bill’s. Close the border or AMERICANS ARE GONA START KILLING DEMOCRATS AND ILLEGAL ALIENS AND RHINO’S. THEY ARE FOOLS IF THEY THINK WE WANT DRAW ARMS ON THEM. THEY ARE SEVERELY OUTNUMBERED AND PLAYING THE POLITICAL BLUFF. 6 MILLION ARMED AMERICAN MILTIA SAYS SO!

  • Irishgal says:

    We must DEMAND Term Limits. Maybe???? the swamp cartel wouldn’t have gotten so bad if we did have Term limits on them ALL, even administrative. Many people in the Admin Branch (the 4th) are still there running the show in the background, from Obama! Lifers, geriatric’s (schumer, Waters, Pelosi, McConnell, Nadler, Schiff, Ratskin and many others should have Termed out long ago. -stuck with them til THEY decide to retire or pass away like Feinstein!) This would also stop the Installing same people over and over- Like OMAR installing herself with illegal $Ballot harvesting. Tighter vetting on new candidates, public background checks. Hold accountable- like Waters calling for people to ‘get in their faces’. etc. These people’s feet should be held to the fire. I just wrote to my Rep. The Rino that he is! He voted for that monstrosity of a bill. Anyone’s Liberty Score below a B- should be primaried out. (that means ALL the demos lol) example- Lindsey Graham’s score is 43% F, McConnell 48% F, MTG 100% A, Rand Paul 100% A, Cotton 81% B, Thune 51% F, Cornyn 54% F, Ted Cruz- 88% B, Elise Stefanik 48% F (some darlin huh?!)-believe it or not Crenshaw is above her at 74% C, Speaker Johnson 74% C Tim Scott 77% C! I bet the Rinos that voted for this were less than B- people. Like MN Rino Emmer at 69% D. No more lobbyists etc. either. Bribing, influencing-‘blackmailing”? Just some thoughts

  • MK says:

    Political scum bags at work as usual. Soon they will f**k up and the country is going to fall apart. All is not going to end well for them.

  • EZ says:

    this government hasn’t been open for over 3 years, only been a bunch of arguing little bitches been squatting in the WH

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