Senate passes stopgap bill averting government shutdown

The Senate on Wednesday passed a stopgap bill to keep the government open, averting a shutdown for now while setting up a contentious fight over funding in the new year. The bill was approved by the House on Tuesday and will now be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 87 to 11. Lawmakers are still under pressure to try to negotiate and pass full-year spending bills in just over two months as the stopgap bill creates two new shutdown deadlines in January and February.

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