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The Senate advanced a bill to reopen the government


It looks like the government shutdown will end soon.

The Senate has advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation.

The shutdown began Saturday after Democrats derailed a Republican measure that would have kept government open until Feb. 16.

Democrats wanted to pressure the GOP to cut a deal protecting young immigrants from deportation and boosting federal spending.

Moderates from both parties pressured leaders to end the shutdown and compromise.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Democrats agreed to back the bill reopening government after he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to begin debating an immigration bill by Feb. 8.


The Senate vote was 81-18 — well above the 60 votes needed. The Senate still must vote on final passage to send the bill to the House.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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