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Funding bill to keep US government open narrowly passes House

  • Lawmakers pass bill to fund government through 16 February
  • Bill now heads to Senate, where it needs 60 votes to avoid filibuster

The House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to fund the government Thursday night in an attempt to avoid a government shutdown.

By a vote of 230-197, the House passed a bill to fund the government through 16 February. The legislation also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Chip) for six years as an incentive for Democrats to support it. But it does not address the so-called “Dreamers”, the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and are poised to lose protections from deportation in March.

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