The daily business briefing: January 25, 2019

Senate fails to pass dueling proposals to end shutdown, California finds PG&E didn't cause deadly 2017 wildfire, and more

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1. Senate fails to pass bills to reopen government

The Senate on Thursday failed to pass dueling bills proposing to end the partial federal government shutdown. One bill, introduced by Republicans, included $5.7 billion President Trump wants for his border wall. The other, introduced by Democrats, sought to fund the government through Feb. 8 to allow time for negotiations on border security, without money for Trump's wall. The bills needed 60 votes to advance. The GOP bill got 50 votes; the bill favored by Democrats got 52 votes. After the votes, lawmakers began negotiating behind the scenes as the shutdown ended its fifth week, and 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay are missing their second straight paycheck on Friday. The number of federal employees who sought unemployment benefits more than doubled this week to 25,000.

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