U.S. Senate backs stop-gap bill to avert government shutdown

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Congress agrees to avoid government shutdown

House Financial Services Committee member Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) discusses Congress agreeing to pass a spending bill to keep the government operating through Jan. 19.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bill to fund the federal government through Jan. 19 and avert agency shutdowns as a Friday midnight deadline neared.

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By a vote of 66-32, the Senate approved the money to keep most agencies funded at current levels, giving Republicans and Democrats in Congress more time to negotiate a bigger fiscal 2018 spending bill that would run through next Sept. 30.

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The bill now goes to President Donald Trump for signing into law.

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