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Congress passes funding bill to end second US government shutdown in three weeks

The United States’ second shut down in three weeks was set to end on Friday after the House of Representatives narrowly passed a funding bill. Funding for the federal government had lapsed at midnight eastern time after Kentucky Republican Rand Paul stalled a Senate vote on a far-reaching budget agreement to fund the government through 22 March while also eliminating caps on government spending and suspending the debt ceiling for the year.
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