Bill to end US government shutdown clears key hurdle
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WASHINGTON, Feb 9 — The US Senate voted today to move forward on legislation to end a government shutdown, after a single Republican lawmaker delayed the funding bill for hours to protest an expected increase in the US deficit.
The procedural vote limited debate on a bill that would fund the government through March 23 and increase spending limits over a two-year period.
Clearing the procedural hurdle is a key test of support for the bill and indicates likely passage in another Senate vote soon. — Reuters