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signed into law a bill that will raise spending caps on domestic and military spending and lift the federal debt limit until March 2019.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), filibustered for nine hours Thursday evening postponing the Senate’s vote until early-morning hours.

“Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits,” he said. “I can’t … in good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits. Really who is to blame? Both parties.”

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Federal Budget OutlookUT’s Office of Research and Engagement is monitoring national news and sponsor websites to keep abreast of information related to the federal government shutdown and short-term spending bill that was passed Monday, January 22.

Senate Votes to End Shutdown

After a three-day lapse in appropriations, the Senate voted to pass a short-term spending package which will fund the government through February 8. The next step is to have the Senate grant final approval for the bill and send to the House for approval.

Monday’s vote was the work of a bipartisan group of more than 20 Senators working over the weekend to reach a compromise. According to an article in the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “pledged Monday morning that he would permit a ‘free and open debate’ on immigration next month if the issue had not been resolved by then.”

See how they voted.

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We will update regularly to bring you developments from Washington, DC.

The Hill reports that the Senate voted in favor of a $1.8 trillion spending bill Friday that will keep the government open through September 2016.

“The 65-33 vote effectively wraps up the congressional session for the year, with the House and Senate adjourning for the holiday recess.”

The package, which includes increases in funding for science research, has been sent to President Obama’s desk for his signature.