January 19, 2018 / 11:32 PM / a year ago

Democratic U.S. Senator Heitkamp says she will vote for funding bill

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp said on Friday she would vote for a stopgap government funding bill, joining two other senators who have bucked their party and said they would support a Republican-backed bill to keep the government open.

“My vote to keep the government open is not an endorsement for a bill that just kicks the can down the road another few weeks,” said Heitkamp, a senator from North Dakota, in a statement. “I want to find a long term solution to keep the government operating.” (Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Eric Beech)

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