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US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

January 22, 2018 4:13 pm

The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill.

Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would support the bill if Republicans addressed a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation.

Democrats refused to vote for the bill unless they secured protections for recipients of the Obama-era programme.

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Mr Schumer said the three-day shutdown was expected to end in a few hours.

“We will vote today to re-open the government to continue negotiating a global agreement,” Mr Schumer said.

He lambasted President Donald Trump for failing to help reach a bipartisan deal, adding that he had not spoken with him since a meeting on Friday before the shutdown began.

“The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines,” Mr Schumer said.

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