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Senate approves government spending bill, ending fear of shutdown
Senate approves government spending bill, ending fear of shutdown

The Senate gave final approval late Saturday to a $1 trillion spending bill after muscling past opposition from conservative Republicans — an effort that ended any possibility of a government shutdown until next fall. With the holiday congressional break looming — and Democrats capitalizing on an awkward intraparty squabble among Republicans — lawmakers struck a deal to pass the massive spending bill during a rare weekend session after days of drama and political maneuvering. The Senate approved the measure, 56-40. President Barack Obama has voiced his support for the bill, which will keep most federal agencies open through the end of September, pump $2.7 billion into...

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