As clock ticks, Senate seeks way to avert shutdown

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks during a news conference following party policy lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Plans to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a dispute over funding for women’s healthcare group Planned Parenthood could be overcome. With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a stop-gap funding bill to extend the present federal budget for about 10 weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Meanwhile, the White House budget office began working with government agencies on shutdown plans.

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