The United States Senate voted to proceed on legislation in a bid to avert a government shutdown in Washington DC on Friday, after Republican Senator Rand Paul delayed the voting procedure to a two-year budget deal. The procedural vote passed 73-26. The US Senate then proceeded to vote on the two-year budget agreement. The measure passed 71-28 and was sent to the House of Representatives, where... Еще it will have to be approved in order to avoid a complete government shutdown. The federal government shut down for the second time in less than a month on Thursday after Paul delayed the bill's voting procedure to after midnight, in a protest against the spending increases that the bill would entail. If passed by the House, the budget measure will lift spending caps on US defence as well as domestic programmes.