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Republican Senator Rand Paul Single-Handedly Shut Down the Government Just to Make a Point

Click here for reuse options! There was no strategic reason for this shutdown. At 12 a.m. ET on February 9th, the U.S government shut down for the second time in 2018. But this time, the shutdown was not for any serious reason. Sen. Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Arkansas, used a procedural mechanism to temporarily shut down the government as an act of protest against the fact that this spending bill will cost almost $400 billion over two years.
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