US shutdown ends as Congress strikes deal

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Senate deal ‘to halt government shutdown’

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The US government shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill.Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would support the bill if Republicans addressed a programme that protects young immigrants from deportation. Democrats had refused to vote for the bill unless they secured protections for recipients of the Daca programme.Mr Schumer said the three-day shutdown was expected to end in a few hours.”We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement”, said Mr Schumer. The bill provides funding to keep the government open temporarily in the hopes that Congress can reach a permanent funding agreement before 8 February.

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