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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have avoided a government shutdown – for now, at least.

Both chambers of Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap funding bill that came just hours before the deadline, avoiding a costly shutdown.

After the Senate voted 65-35 to approve the bill, the House followed with a 254-175 vote in favor of the measure, which now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

The temporary measure keeps the government open through Dec. 3. Without the bill, the government faced a shutdown at midnight Friday.

“For this moment, this is one of the biggest problems that has faced us in the last while, making sure the government stays open, and now we can be sure it will,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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