US government shuts down for second time this year after failing to pass spending measure

The US government has shut down for the second time this year after the Senate failed to pass a stop-gap spending measure. Republican Senator Rand Paul prevented the Senate from taking a quick vote on the bill.
The US government shut down for the second time in 2018 as Republican Senator Rand Paul held up voting on a two-year budget deal that would have averted it.

Paul, a fiscal conservative from the state of Kentucky, said he could not allow a quick vote to take place because the proposed measure — which would fund the government for another six weeks — would also expand the US deficit.

“I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” he said. “Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits.”

“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.” …

Read more : Deutsche Welle, 09.02.2018