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House Passes Short-Term Funding Bill With Shutdown One Day Away

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The House on Thursday passed a stopgap funding bill that would keep the federal government open through Feb. 18, the first step to avoiding a …
The House on Thursday passed a stopgap funding bill that would keep the federal government open through Feb.18, the first step to avoiding a shutdown set to occur Friday at midnight. But the bill, which passed 221-212, faces a rocky path through the Senate, where a handful of conservative Republicans have vowed to delay its passage unless they get a standalone vote to strip funding for President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates. Without a compromise to speed up the process, passing the short-term funding bill could take over a week. “There are a number of senators,” said Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee on the floor, “who are not inclined to give consent to expedite a funding measure that supports and funds President Biden’s unconstitutional and sweeping vaccine mandate without holding a vote on that mandate.” In addition to Lee, Republican Sens.

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