At midnight the federal government shut down for the second time in two weeks, after government funding expired, after Sen. Rand Paul held up the vote for as long as he was able to under Senate rules. For a brief period, the moment, the Senate adjourned in the 11 p.m. hour — just until 12:01 am Friday, February 9.
The Senate is expected to take a procedural vote on the continuing resolution (CR) / budget agreement at approximately 1 a.m. Friday.
The leadership anticipates it’ll get the 60 votes needed to advance the bill in the Senate. After the procedural vote, there are up to 30 hours of debate — but almost all of that time is expected to be yielded back. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is allowed about an hour of that debate time should he choose to use it.
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