Senate approves stopgap bill to avert shutdown

The Senate approved a measure on Thursday that would avert a government shutdown. 

According to Fox News Capitol Hill reporter Chad Pergram, the vote was 74-20.

The bill is now headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.

With Presidential approval, the bill would sustain government funding through Dec. 20.

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According to, the President’s chief liaison to Capitol Hill, Eric Ueland, said in a statement Wednesday that he “remains on track” to sign the continuing resolution.

Without the bill passing, government funding would have run out at 11:59:59 tonight.

On Tuesday, the House voted to approve the shot-term spending bill, which keeps federal agencies running for another month in hopes the additional time will help negotiators wrap up more than $1.4 trillion in unfinished appropriations bills.

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