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House Passes Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown, Senate in Doubt

  • Government funding ends at midnight Friday without new deal
  • Senate Democrats say they have enough votes to block bill
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Karen Tramontano, Blue Star Strategies CEO, discusses the looming federal government shutdown deadline.(Source: Bloomberg)
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The House passed a spending bill Thursday to avoid a U.S. government shutdown, but Senate Democrats say they have the votes to block the measure in a bid to force Republicans and President Donald Trump to include protection for young immigrants.

The 230-197 vote came just over a day before current funding is set to run out at midnight Friday. The bill would keep the government open through Feb. 16 while all sides negotiate on longer-term funding for defense and domestic programs.