Showdown vote in Senate on Friday with government shutdown at stake

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By Thomas Kaplan and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, nytimes.com

The Senate is heading toward a showdown vote on Friday on legislation to keep the government open past midnight, and Democrats appear ready to block it, gambling that a weakened President Trump will have to offer concessions in the face of a looming government crisis.

After the House cleared stopgap spending legislation on Thursday that would keep the government funded through Feb. 16, Senate Republicans are set to test whether Democrats will make good on their promise to move the government toward a shutdown. But Democrats appear intent on securing concessions that would, among other things, protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, increase domestic spending, aid Puerto Rico and bolster the government’s response to the opioid epidemic.

Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/us/politics/senate-showdown-government-shutdown-trump.html

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