Congress votes to prevent a government shutdown

December 21, 2017 - 6:44 pm

Congress has voted to prevent a government shutdown as the House and Senate in rapid succession approved a stopgap spending bill to keep agencies running through Jan. 19.

The Senate's 66-32 vote sent the temporary funding bill to President Donald Trump with little time to spare before a Friday midnight deadline. The President has said that he will sign the bill, and encouraged lawmakers on Twitter to "keep our Government OPEN!"

The Senate vote came after days of wrangling between the Republicans and Democrats. Democrats generally opposed the measure, because they wanted to get protections for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. 

The measure pushes forward most of Capitol Hill's unfinished business until January, including immigration, a potential budget agreement and health care. 

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