December 22, 2017 / 12:18 AM / 9 months ago

U.S. Senate backs stop-gap bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bill to fund the federal government through Jan. 19 and avert agency shutdowns as a Friday midnight deadline neared.

By a vote of 66-32, the Senate approved the money to keep most agencies funded at current levels, giving Republicans and Democrats in Congress more time to negotiate a bigger fiscal 2018 spending bill that would run through next Sept. 30.

The bill now goes to President Donald Trump for signing into law. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech)

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