(USA Today) – WASHINGTON —In the long history of government shutdowns, this one was a record: the shortest ever.
The lapse in federal funding lasted less than 6 hours—with the government officially unfunded from 12:01 a.m. on Friday to about 5:30 a.m. when lawmakers scrambled to pass a six-week spending bill.
President Trump still has to sign the budget bill that cleared Congress for the money to start flowing. But he’s expected to do so, and the government should be up and running without interruption Friday.
This was the second shutdown in a month—and the 20th since the 1970s, according to a tally by the Congressional Research Service.