WASHINGTON—Lawmakers are striving in the pre-dawn hours to reopen the federal government, shuttered since midnight after a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan spending deal.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul blocked a vote on the $400 billion spending measure, which is married to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to prevent the shutdown and provide time to implement the budget pact. Paul was protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington.
Paul pushed a set of Senate votes into early Friday morning. The measure, backed by the Senate’s top leaders, was expected to sail through the chamber.