Congress narrowly avoids government shutdown, delays deadline 2 weeks

Business Insider | 12/7/2017 | Bob Bryan
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Congress passed a bill to extend government funding for two weeks, extending the fight over a government shutdown.

The bill will move the shutdown deadline back two weeks — from Friday night to December 22.

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The bill made it through the House on a close vote and was almost immediately passed by the Senate.

Congress voted Thursday to pass a bill that would extend government funding by two weeks, avoiding a partial government shutdown on Friday pending signature by the president.

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The bill passed the House by a vote of 235 to 193. Fourteen Democrats voted for the measure backed by the GOP leadership and 18 Republicans defecting from their party. The bill would extend government funding through December 22.

The bill was then taken up by the Senate less than an hour later and passed handily, with many Democrats supporting the bill.

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There was some concern that it could fail in the House after members of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus made demands for the...
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