After Congress missed its midnight deadline, the U.S. Government shut down for the second time in 2018.
The shutdown happened even as a bipartisan spending bill that would have averted it awaited a vote in the Senate. The bill appeared on the fast track to pass but was delayed in large part due to the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul.
Paul had sought a vote to reverse spending increases, arguing that the planned extension would bring back trillion-dollar deficits.
"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits," Paul said, according to NBC News. "Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can't in all honesty look the other way."
Following repeated delays, the Senate went into recess at around 11 p.m. EST, with plans to reconvene just after midnight. With no spending plan approved, the government then entered its second "shut down" of 2018.
The shutdown was not expected to cause any clear immediate effects. Essential staff would continue to work Friday morning regardless.
Officials with the Office of Management and Budget, the agency that coordinates shutdowns, said that if the spending measure managed to pass overnight, the government would open in the morning on schedule.