Government shutdown averted in last minutes

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The US government has avoided a federal shutdown after both House and Senate agreed on a short-term funding deal.

A bill ensuring funding until 17 November received overwhelming support, and was signed into law by President Joe Biden minutes before a deadline.

However, it excludes any new aid for Ukraine in a blow for Democrats, for whom this was a key demand.

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy submitted the bill in defiance of hard-liners in his own party.

A government shutdown, which would place tens of thousands of federal employees on furlough without pay and suspend various government services, was slated to begin at 00:01 ET (04:01 GMT) on Sunday.


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