Congress averts shutdown, buys time for more COVID-19 talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent a temporary government-wide funding bill to President Donald Trump that would avert a government shutdown at midnight.

The funding extension gives negotiators time to continue working toward agreement on new COVID-19 relief aid.

The extension sets a new shutdown deadline of midnight next Friday.

It passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote.

The House passed the bill on Wednesday and Trump is expected to sign it before midnight.

COVID-19 relief talks remain stalled but there is universal agreement that Congress won’t adjourn for the year without passing a long-delayed round of pandemic relief.

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