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No end in sight for longest federal government shutdown

Calling Republican-proposed Bill a poison pill, the Democrats have no impetus to give in

The Food Bank for New York City distributing food to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.
The Food Bank for New York City distributing food to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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The United States Senate is set to vote today in Washington on a Republican-proposed Bill to end the longest federal government shutdown - essentially a funding lapse that has left hundreds of thousands of federal employees working without pay - in the country's history.

But with the Democrats still against the proposal, the chances of it passing remain uncertain at best.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2019, with the headline No end in sight for longest federal government shutdown. Subscribe