Bill to end U.S. government shutdown clears key hurdle in Senate

By REUTERS
February 9, 2018 08:47
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WASHINGTON - The US Senate voted on Friday to move forward on legislation to end a government shutdown, after a single Republican lawmaker delayed the funding bill for hours to protest an expected increase in the US deficit.



The procedural vote limited debate on a bill that would fund the government through March 23 and increase spending limits over a two-year period. Clearing the procedural hurdle is a key test of support for the bill and indicates likely passage in another Senate vote soon.


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