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A House-passed stopgap bill that would avoid a government shutdown fizzled out in the Senate on Friday, leaving Congress fewer than two hours to find a solution before a midnight deadline.
The measure did not have enough votes to clear a procedural vote in the Senate just after 10 p.m. ET.
As nearly all Democrats and some Republicans opposed the plan that failed to work its way through Congress on Friday, lawmakers will have to craft a new plan quickly or see government funding lapse. The proposal that failed in the Senate would have funded the government through Feb. 16 and reauthorized the popular Children's Health Insurance Program for six years.
The Senate needs to garner 60 votes for a spending bill. With 50 Republicans present, the majority GOP needed to win support from 10 or more Democrats, many of whom had threatened to oppose a short-term spending plan if they could not also pass a bill shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation. (Sen. John McCain is away from Washington, receiving treatment for cancer.)
originally posted by: NightFlight
I have only one question if the US government shuts down...
How can you tell?
originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
a reply to: Perfectenemy
I appreciate your enthusiasm, but blue states are not that smart. They just do what their leaders tell them and call themselves "enlightened."
originally posted by: toysforadults
thank god, let's fire them all and start over