Senate passes bill to avoid government shutdown

Mitch McConnell.
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The Senate on Wednesday night passed a stopgap spending bill that keeps the government open through Feb. 8, averting a shutdown at midnight Friday.

The bill does not give President Trump any of the money he has been demanding for his border wall. The measure is expected to pass the House on Thursday. Without the bill, funding will lapse for nine federal departments at the end of the week.

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