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Senate advances bill to stop partial shutdown

Senators say they won't vote on a final bill to fund the government until Trump and congressional leaders all agree to a deal.

Posted: Dec. 21, 2018 5:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence has cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to advance legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown and provide funding for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Pence's vote advanced the 47-47 tally Friday after a marathon, five-hour voting session in the Senate that dragged on as senators rushed back to Washington.

The move doesn't immediately end the threat of a partial federal shutdown at midnight Friday. But it kick-starts negotiations as Congress tries to find a resolution to Trump's demand for the wall.

Senators say they won't vote on a final bill to fund the government until Trump and congressional leaders all agree to a deal.

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