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Senate passes short-term funding bill to dodge government shutdown

Key Points
  • The Senate passes a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.
  • The measure keeps the government running through Nov. 21, setting up another showdown over spending just a week before Thanksgiving.
  • The Senate's passage sends the spending plan to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Joshua Roberts | Reuters

The Senate voted Thursday to pass a temporary funding bill and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The chamber approved the legislation by an 82-15 margin. As the House already passed the measure, the Senate vote sends it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

He is expected to sign it into law before the Sept. 30 funding deadline.

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The so-called continuing resolution funds the government through Nov. 21, setting up another potential showdown over spending just a week before Thanksgiving. Lawmakers will need to come to an agreement over department spending levels amid yet another dispute over border security and military funding.

Congress already passed legislation to suspend the federal debt ceiling and set government spending levels for two years. Lawmakers have to separately pass bills allocating money to specific agencies, a process that has tripped them up.

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