The federal government was shut down for about five hours this morning, but the government is currently open after the House voted 240-186 before 6 a.m. on a temporary spending plan. In the end, 73 House Democrats eventually voted in favor of the extension. Sixty-seven Republican voted against the bill and 167 voted for it. It funds the government through March 23, includes $400 billion in new spending, and it lifts the debt ceiling.
Congressman John Larson, D-1st District, released a statement shortly after midnight, placing the blame for the second federal government shutdown in just three weeks on Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and suggesting it was motivated by a “personal, ideological agenda.”
“This shutdown falls squarely on the shoulders of egotists like Senator Rand Paul. He threw a wrench in the bipartisan budget deal. We have a responsibility to govern, not play political games,” Larson said. “I call on all my colleagues to do the responsible thing and re-open the government.”
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