U.S. House votes to avert shutdown; Senate debate next

U.S. House votes to avert shutdown; Senate debate nextBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress on Thursday advanced stopgap legislation to keep the federal government operating past Friday when funding expires, seeking to avert a self-inflicted disaster just before the Christmas holiday season. The House of Representatives passed a bill by a vote of 231 to 188 that would keep federal agencies humming along at current funding through Jan. 19 and prevent a shutdown that would trigger political havoc in Washington. The Senate could take up the measure on Thursday night, even as some Democrats pushed to include protections for young immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, popularly known as “Dreamers.” Republicans were able to pass the bill without much Democratic support in the House, but they will need at least eight Democratic votes in the Senate.

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