Countdown to shutdown: Congress races to keep US open for business

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Washington (AFP) – The US Senate wrangled Wednesday over a stopgap funding bill with just one day left to prevent a government shutdown, as lawmakers stare down a number of deadlines with massive stakes for the economy and President Joe Biden’s sweeping domestic agenda. The coming days are expected to be the most critical of Biden’s presidency, as he negotiates the tricky passage of two giant spending bills and a fix to lift the debt ceiling without the support of Republicans. But the most urgent priority is funding for federal agencies, which runs out at the end of the day on Thursday, and Se…

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