December 20, 2018 / 3:08 AM / a month ago

U.S. Senate OKs government funding through Feb. 8 to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved funds for several federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, to keep them operating through Feb. 8 without the $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump had demanded.

By a voice vote, the Senate passed the temporary funding bill for about one-quarter of government operations, which the House of Representatives is expected to try to pass this week before a midnight Friday deadline when existing funds expire.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech

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