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Shutdown averted as US Democrats end funding blockade

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said his party would not shut down the government as objections to a short-term federal spending bill were droppedUS Senate Democrats late Friday dropped objections to a federal spending bill, ensuring the government does not slip into a shutdown over a fight about health benefits for coal miners. After taking the debate right to the brink just hours before a midnight deadline to fund federal operations, Democrats eased their hard line and prevented a brief weekend funding lapse that could have embarrassed lawmakers the month before Donald Trump assumes the presidency. The bill, known as a continuing resolution, funds overseas operations including the fight against the Islamic State group, provides a pay raise for US military personnel, and includes money for Flint, Michigan to address its water contamination crisis.

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