US Senate leader suggests opening in budget talks

US Vice President Joe Biden gives a press conference on November 22, 2014 in Istanbul, TurkeyThe Senate’s top Democrat signalled Tuesday he would support a Republican plan that funds nearly the entire US government through September but limits the agency overseeing President Barack Obama’s immigration action. The deal would set up a potential battle early next year over Obama’s controversial order that shields up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Lawmakers must strike a spending deal by December 11 in order to avoid a government shutdown, which would begin the following day if Congress does not act.

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