Government Shuts Down After Senate Fails To Pass Spending Bill The federal government is now in a partial shutdown. Funding ran out just after midnight, after the Senate failed to pass a short-term spending bill. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. Email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.