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Republicans clear first hurdle to avoid government shutdown

House appeared poised on Thursday night to pass a bill to keep the government open, after promising a vote on defense and immigration

Republicans cleared the first hurdle in avoiding a government shutdown on Thursday night.

The House of Representatives seemed poised to pass a bill to keep the government open until 16 February, after promising conservatives a vote on a major increase in defense spending, a hard-line immigration bill as well as other unnamed concessions that the conservative House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows called “subplots” on Thursday night.

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