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Capitol Report: Here’s what happens when the government shuts down

Reuters
The U.S. Capitol is seen shortly after the beginning of the government shutdown on Jan. 20.

The government has shut down for the second time this year, missing a midnight Friday budget deadline.

Late Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on a two-year budget deal. The Kentucky Republican said he was objecting to a two-year budget deal’s massive spending increases.

A shutdown could be short-lived. McConnell told reporters a vote would be held at 1 a.m. But the House would also need to act, and a vote has yet to be set.

Federal government operations are funded through midnight Thursday.

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