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Watch US Government Shutdown Draws Near as Senate Blocks Federal Spending Bill News Video

Watch US Government Shutdown Draws Near as Senate Blocks Federal Spending Bill News Video

“The Senate failed on Monday to pass a key procedural vote to advance the House-passed short-term government funding bill as the deadline to avert a shutdown looms at the end of the week.

“The Senate voted 48 to 50 on the procedural motion, with Republicans opposing the stopgap measure because it included an extension of a debt ceiling.

“Republicans said they were unwilling to support the debt limit increase and are demanding that Democrats take the political heat for the vote.

“All Republicans voted in opposition and Democrats supported the measure, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer switching his vote to “no” in a procedural move that allows him to call for another vote on the measure.”

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