US Senate approves government funding through Feb 8 to avert shutdown

  • By a voice vote, the Senate passed the temporary funding bill for about one-quarter of government operations,
  • The funding was without the $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump had demanded.
The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018.
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The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved funds for several federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, to keep them operating through Feb. 8 without the $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump had demanded.

By a voice vote, the Senate passed the temporary funding bill for about one-quarter of government operations, which the House of Representatives is expected to try to pass this week before a midnight Friday deadline when existing funds expire.