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Bill to avert government shutdown passes House

But the prospects appear gloomy in the Senate as Democrats are all ready to block it

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Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell accused Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, (above) of trying to "hold the entire country hostage".

Washington

THE US House of Representatives passed a stop-gap funding measure late on Thursday that would avert a government shutdown, sending it to the Senate where Democrats have vowed to block it.

With the federal government set to run out of money on Friday at midnight (Saturday

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