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US Senate passes bill averting govt. shutdown

WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (KUNA) -- The US Senate passed Thursday evening a bill to fund the government through mid-February and averting a shutdown set for Friday at midnight.
The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 69-28 after the House of Representatives passed the measure earlier by a 221-212 vote.
The bill heads next to President Joe Biden for his signature.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in remarks on the Senate floor "the government will stay open, and I thank the members of this chamber for walking us back from the brink of an avoidable, needless and costly shutdown." (end) si.mt