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Shutdown Odds Grow Stronger

Separate spending plans are being advanced by the Senate and House

On Thursday, the Democratic-led U.S. Senate forged ahead on Thursday with a bipartisan stopgap funding bill aimed at averting a fourth partial government shutdown in a decade, while the House prepared to vote on partisan Republican spending bills with no chance of becoming law.

The divergent paths of the two chambers appeared to increase the odds that federal agencies will run out of money on Sunday, furloughing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and halting a wide range of services from economic data releases to nutrition benefits.

The Senate voted 76-22 to open debate on a stopgap bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), that would extend federal spending until Nov. 17 and would authorize roughly $6 billion each for domestic disaster response funding and aid to Ukraine to defend itself against Russia.

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