Republicans clear first hurdle to avoid government shutdown

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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.

However, this legislation would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, where Democrats have said they have enough votes to block the legislation. But, by passing the House, it would allow Republicans to attempt to shift the blame for a potential government shutdown to Democrats.

Source: theguardian