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After passing Senate and House, Trump signs budget bill to end government shutdown

Posted: 8:15 PM, Feb 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-09 14:23:52Z
Senate recesses ahead of shutdown deadline
Senate recesses ahead of shutdown deadline

(KGTV) - President Trump signed a budget bill early Friday morning that will re-open the federal government following a brief shutdown.

The president took to Twitter to announce that he approved the measure.

He later added:

The signing of the bill comes after the House narrowly passed the budget measure 240-186 early Friday morning. The bill was approved by the Senate -- in a 71-28 vote -- about two hours after a shutdown took effect.

On Thursday, Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul prevented the two-year budget deal from passing as he spoke on the Senate floor. He pushed for an amendment to maintain budget caps and also criticized Republicans for reckless spending.

Paul's criticism of the budget proposal caused the vote to stall, sending the government into a shutdown at midnight Eastern time Friday. At around 2 a.m., Senate leaders finally agreed on a bipartisan deal to fund the government, and the measure made its way to the House.

Prior to the votes, CNN reported White House officials advised federal agencies to prepare a shutdown. A senior official said the White House instructed agencies to begin preparations in the event Congress was unable to pass the budget deal.