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Government Shuts Down, Quickly Reopens

At midnight on Feb. 8, 2018, the federal government shut down for the second time this year. However, just after midnight, the Senate began the process of moving the budget deal and attached continuing resolution to the Senate floor for a vote. Shortly after that process started, the Senator objecting to moving the bill by unanimous consent withdrew his opposition and allowed the bill to move forward immediately. The bill was then sent to the House, which took up the measure around 3 a.m. Eastern. The bill passed the House just before 6 a.m. Eastern and was sent to the President for his signature, ending the very brief overnight federal shutdown.The continuing resolution runs through March 23, 2018.