Senate Advances Spending Bill to Avoid U.S. Government Shutdown

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell returns to his office after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon on May 12, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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The Senate advanced a stopgap spending bill Monday that would avert a U.S. government shutdown this week while dropping demands by conservative Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood.

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