U.S. Senate passes government funding bill, which moves to the House
The Senate has passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government.
The bill now moves to the House.
Senators voted 71-28 to approve the deal, easily overcoming objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.
The bill stalled in the Senate Thursday night when one of the opponents, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote.
Paul's protest on the spending and deficit the bill will entail forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline for passing a funding measure to keep the government operating.