Senator Cruz of Texas speaks with reporters regarding a stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown in Washington

Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote

Senator Cruz of Texas speaks with reporters regarding a stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown in WashingtonBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, or CR, which would keep federal agencies operating from Saturday through Dec. 9, received only 45 of the 60 votes needed to limit debate and be considered for passage by the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate. Forty Democrats and two independents opposed the CR because it lacked a $220 million aid package to address the drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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