US Government officially shuts down again
Feb 9, Washington DC: The US government has once again officially shut down because the Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.
According to reports, the senate struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Rand Paul, but have now passed the bill, which has gone to the House for its vote.The 600-page plan proposes an increase in spending, by about $300bn , on defence and domestic services.
If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the US working day begins on Friday, Stacks of pizzas were ordered in to Senators' offices in anticipation of a long night. But it is not clear how the House will vote, and how public services would be affected on Friday if the shutdown were to continue.
The federal Office of Personnel Management said government operations would "vary by agency" and employees should "refer to their home agency for guidance on reporting for duty"
The Oslo Times International News Network