Senate Approves Last-Minute Spending Bill

On Friday December 9th, 2016, the Senate voted on a Spending Bill resulting in a passing 63-36 vote. This vote could have ended in a U.S. government shutdown for the 19th time in U.S. history. Government shutdowns occur as the result of many different scenarios. The Executive Branch may fail to pass funding to government operations and agencies resulting in a “funding gap.” It can also occur if Congress passes a funding bill, sends it to the President, and the President vetoes the bill. The first government shut down occurred in 1976, when President Ford vetoed a funding bill for the U.S.

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