US Senate set to vote for ending shutdown

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WASHINGTON

Jan 24, 2019-

There was no sign of quick relief for 800,000 federal workers going without pay because of the partial government shutdown as the US Senate scheduled votes on competing proposals to end the month-long impasse that both faced long odds. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he planned to hold a vote on Thursday on a Democratic proposal that would fund the government for three weeks but does not include the $5.7 billion in US-Mexico border wall funding demanded by President Donald Trump. Its prospects appeared grim. The House of Rep-resentatives has passed several similar bills, but Trump has rejected legislation that does not include border wall funding. McConnell previously said he would not consider a bill the Republican president refused to sign. Many Democratic leaders dismissed the deal as a “non-starter” and said they would not negotiate on border security before reopening the government.

Published: 24-01-2019 10:56

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