February 8, 2018 / 11:11 PM / in 8 months

Senator Paul forces delay in voting on budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hopes for a quick vote on legislation to keep the U.S. government operating beyond midnight hit a snag on Thursday when Republican Senator Rand Paul put up a roadblock to voting because he first wanted debate on his amendment to kill the measure’s increased federal spending.

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

It was unclear whether the Senate and House of Representatives would be able to pass a funding bill by midnight, when existing federal funds expire. Without new funds, federal agencies would have to be ordered to partially shut down.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Leslie Adler

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