U.S. Senate passes bill to avert government shutdown, sends to Biden for signature
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By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to fund the government through mid-February, averting the risk of a shutdown after overcoming a bid by some Republicans to delay the vote in a protest against vaccine mandates. The 69-28 vote leaves government funding at current levels through Feb. 18, and gives Democratic President Joe Biden plenty of time to sign the measure before funding was set to run out at midnight on Friday. The Senate acted just hours after the House of Representatives approved the measure, by a vo…

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