U.S. Senate tries to avoid gov't shut down, approves budget

WASHINGTON- The US 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 US-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.