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Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown Released by Senate Democrats

  • Senate plans initial vote on funding package on Tuesday night
  • Manchin’s energy permit provision may be blocked by GOP
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Senate Democrats released a short-term government funding bill late Monday that included a measure to speed up energy project permits that’s opposed by most Republicans and some Democrats. 

Congress must pass the measure by midnight Friday to avert a government shutdown. Leaders of both parties in the Senate are eager to avoid that chaotic outcome just over a month before the midterm elections. But the permit legislation proposed by Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, is adding an additional bit of drama with the deadline closing in.