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Thu Sep 22, 2016, 06:58 PM

Senate splits over bill to avoid government shutdown

Source: Reuters

POLITICS | Thu Sep 22, 2016 | 5:11pm EDT

Senate splits over bill to avoid government shutdown

By David Morgan | WASHINGTON

A behind-the-scenes congressional battle to avoid a U.S. government shutdown broke into public view on Thursday when Republicans produced a stop-gap funding bill that Democrats immediately rejected.

The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 and Congress must pass a spending measure by then to keep the government open. In recent years, lawmakers have seldom been able to agree on a full federal budget and instead have relied on stop-gap measures.

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell capped weeks of labored negotiations by proposing a continuing resolution that would fund government agencies from Oct. 1 through Dec. 9 at an annual rate of just over $1 trillion.

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Democrats quickly opposed the resolution as "a Republican-only bill" that would not help Flint, Michigan, cope with lead-contaminated water and would leave in place a prohibition against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requiring public companies to disclose political spending.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-funding-idUSKCN11S2DF

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