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U.S. Congress to push stop-gap funding bill with no border wall money

U.S. Congress to push stop-gap funding bill with no border wall money
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials stand guard close to the border wall, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins -
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CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, aiming to avoid a partial government shutdown at the end of this week, on Wednesday began advancing legislation to temporarily fund several federal agencies through Feb. 8, but without money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall that President Donald Trump demanded.

“We’ll soon take up a simple measure that will continue government funding into February so that we can continue this vital (border security) debate after the new Congress has convened” in January, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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