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Senate votes to avert US government shutdown before midnight deadline

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York (right) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 18, 2021. Sen. Bob Menendez (left) listens. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York (right) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 18, 2021. Sen. Bob Menendez (left) listens. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The US Senate approves a stopgap funding bill in a rare show of cross-party unity to avert a crippling government shutdown and keep the lights on for another two months.

The vote to fund federal agencies through December 3 passes comfortably with opposition Republicans supporting the Democrats, and is expected to be green-lit by the House of Representatives before the midnight deadline.

“This is a good outcome, one I’m happy we are getting done,” Chuck Schumer, the top Democratic senator, tells colleagues on the chamber floor ahead of the vote.

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