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Senate reaches deal to end U.S. government shutdown

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Staff Writer | January 22, 2018
Senate reaches deal
America   The spending bill will fund the U.S. government

The U.S. Senate is poised to end the government shutdown, having come to an agreement on temporary funding in exchange for immigration-policy overhaul in the coming month.

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's estimated that each week of a government shutdown would cost the US economy roughly $6 billion.[break]

The spending bill will fund the U.S. government until February 8, according to reports from Washington, DC.

Democrats and Republicans could not agree on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open by midnight last Friday.

"We will vote today to reopen the government," Democrat Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a speech on the Senate floor.

The disagreement was rooted in protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors.

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