Aljazeera reported "US Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert shutdown" on Thursday
 Without action by Congress, funding for several federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security, had been set to expire this week The stopgap bill extends funding through December 21 Instead, Democrats want to continue improving less costly fencing and employing high-tech instruments to detect irregular border crossings Move sets up a possible showdown later this month over President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.
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Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert government... The U.S. Capitol building is seen reflected in a puddle at sunrise on the day of the U.S. midterm election as voters go to the polls across the country to elect 33 U.S. senators and all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, U.S., November 6, 2018 Instead, Democrats want to continue improving less costly fencing and employing high-tech instruments to detect illegal border crossings Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Congress passes short-term funding bill, puts shutdown showdown off until Dec. 21 Though most of the government is already funded through fiscal year 2019, some 25 to 30 percent of discretionary spending accounts remain in limbo, with the seven bills that cover that spending still languishing on Capitol Hill The money had been slated to run out Friday but the new bill, which passed both the House and Senate by acclamation, extends that deadline to Dec. 21
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House approves short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown REUTERS/Jim Bourg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a two-week stopgap spending bill that would avert a government shutdown, sending it to the Senate Without action by Congress, funding for several federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland, would expire Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles