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BREAKING: McConnell Joins Dems to Pass Stop-Gap Spending Bill

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The Senate just passed a stopgap bill that will extend funding through mid-February after the House approved the measure earlier in the day.

The final tally was 69 to 28.  Nineteen Republicans joined Democrats in an act of betrayal to conservatives.

The passage of the stopgap bill ahead of a Friday midnight deadline put an end to a standoff that had threatened to trigger a shutdown.

A group of Senate conservatives had threatened to delay consideration in protest against Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates, raising the possibility that the government could partially shut down over the weekend while the Senate moves slowly toward eventual passage.

“We need to pass it and that’s what we’ll be working toward doing,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had said earlier in the day.

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