The Senate has passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government.
The bill now moves to the House.
Senators voted 71-28 to approve the deal, easily overcoming objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.
The bill stalled in the Senate Thursday night when one of the opponents, Sen. Rand Paul, refused to allow a speedy vote.
Paul's protest forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline for passing a funding measure to keep the government operating.
A bipartisan budget pact has cleared a key hurdle in the Senate and should shortly be sent to the House as lawmakers work in the pre-dawn hours to re-open the government.
The measure's advance had been delayed by Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul, who protested the budget-busting measure. It's married to a six-week government-wide spending bill that's required to reverse the shutdown.
Early Friday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney issued an order to close non-essential government operations.
A vote to pass the measure through the Senate began immediately.
But the bill's path through the House could prove dicey. There, liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives have swung into opposition.
The Office of Management and Budget has officially ordered the U.S. government closed.
OMB Director Mick Mulvaney issued the order at midnight, notifying federal agencies they should execute their contingency plans.
Mulvaney's notice says federal employees should report to work Friday to "undertake orderly shutdown activities."
He notes that his office is "hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration."