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US Senate approves bill to fund government, averting shutdown

The United States Senate voted to fund the federal government through Jan. 19 on a 66-32 vote. The House passed the same bill the afternoon of Dec. 21 before adjourning until January.

Had the Senate not passed the funding measure, the government would have shut down by the end of Dec. 22. The funding measure includes temporary spending for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, but does not provide a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, an Obama-era effort to shield from deportation individuals who were brought to the United States as children.

The Trump administration announced earlier in 2017 that it would rescind DACA, leaving it up to Congress to pass a legislative fix. There has been bipartisan interest in passing a law to help DACA recipients, but some Democratic senators, including Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden of Oregon and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., voted against the short-term spending bill because it did not address DACA and did not provide enough funding for CHIP.

The funding bill now heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.