A bill to avert a US government shutdown has won passage from a divided US Senate after lawmakers cut deals on amendments, setting the stage for the president to sign it this week.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the press in Washington, DC, on March 19, 2013. A divided US Senate came together on Wednesday to approve legislation that avoids a government shutdown, with a compromise stopgap measure likely headed to the president's desk this week.
It also cleared the way for key debate on the 2014 budget.
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