Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., make their way to the Senate floor after announcing a two-year deal on the budget earlier in the day on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Another busy week in Washington and another partial government shutdown.
The Senate leaders announced earlier this week that they had come to an agreement on a two-year budget deal as well as a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 23. But the week was not without drama. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., used the powers of leadership in the chamber to speak on the floor for eight hours and six minutes on Wednesday to ask the speaker to make a commitment to immigration legislation.
At the end of the week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., objected to a procedure in the Senate that would have sped up consideration of the budget deal on the floor, forcing a nearly eight hour government shutdown while the Senate and House stayed in early into the hours of Friday morning to send the bill to the president’s desk.