Government Shutdown Averted After Senate Passes Short-Term Funding Bill

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The Senate late Thursday cleared a stopgap bill to fund the government through mid-February, after an 11th-hour agreement led a pocket of conservative Republicans who were prepared to force a shutdown to allow for the measure’s expedited passage.

The bill, which funds the government through Feb. 18, sailed through the chamber 69-28, above the 60 votes needed for passage. It passed the House hours earlier on a 221-212 vote that saw just one member, Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, crossed party lines while several of his GOP colleagues forcefully advocated for a shutdown.


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