U.S. Government Heads For Second Shutdown in Three Weeks

The U.S. government headed for its second shutdown in three weeks Friday, as the Senate failed to pass a compromise budget deal that would fund spending before a midnight deadline. 

The measure faltered when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, refused to allow a vote to go forward. Paul objects to the measure for increasing spending and the national debt. 

The shutdown may be short-lived. Under Senate rules a vote can be held early Friday morning. 

However, the measure also faces opposition in the House, where Democrats hope to force consideration of a plan to help so-called dreamers -- undocumented U.S. residents who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy revoked by President Trump.

The government was forced to shut down for three days on Jan. 20 after Senate leaders failed to overcome a Democrat filibuster also over the DACA issue.

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