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Congress Averts US Government Shutdown Hours Before Deadline

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The US narrowly averted a disruptive and costly shutdown of government federal agencies as Congress passed compromise legislation to keep the government running until Nov. 17.

The legislation, passed in both chambers Saturday just hours before a midnight deadline, buys Democrats and Republicans time to negotiate longer-term federal funding. It doesn’t include new funding for Ukraine.

President Joe Biden signed the bill late Saturday night, capping an extraordinary day in Washington that began with the country careening to what appeared to be an inevitable and prolonged federal funding lapse.

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