US government shutdown: Congress approves temporary funding bill to break deadlock over 'dreamers' bill

The House of Representatives followed the Senate in approving a temporary funding bill that clears the way to ending a three-day government shutdown triggered by feuding over immigration policy.

AFP January 23, 2018 07:34:10 IST
US government shutdown: Congress approves temporary funding bill to break deadlock over 'dreamers' bill

Washington: The House of Representatives followed the Senate in approving a temporary funding bill that clears the way to ending a three-day government shutdown triggered by feuding over immigration policy.

The stopgap bill, which in addition to funding the government through 8 February also reauthorizes a popular children's health insurance program, now heads to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.

The package cleared the House by a vote of 266 to 150, hours after Senate Democrats dropped their opposition to the plan after winning Republican assurances of a vote on immigration in the coming weeks.

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