Se­nate sends pres­i­dent stop­gap spend­ing bill

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WASH­ING­TON — The Se­nate passed a tem­po­rary gov­ern­men­twide fund­ing bill on Thurs­day that staves off the risk of a gov­ern­ment shut­down through Nov. 21.

The mea­sure would buy ad­di­tional time for law­mak­ers to work to un­clog a $1.4 tril­lion bun­dle of yearly spend­ing bills that is hung up amid fights over Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s bor­der wall and abor­tion. Those mea­sures face sev­eral ob­sta­cles and it’s not clear if they’ll pass.

The bill passed by an 82-15 vote and heads to the White House for Trump’s ex­pected sig­na­ture.

Mean­while, the Se­nate Ap­pro­pri­a­tions panel ap­proved a mea­sure to kill a $4,500 cost-of-liv­ing pay raise for law­mak­ers that has been blocked since 2009. House lead­ers in both par­ties had been try­ing to or­ches­trate a ma­neu­ver to al­low the pay raise to go ahead.

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