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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

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


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

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