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Back to basics: Congress tries to keep government lights on

1 month ago   |   By My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - The good news is that it doesn't look like a bitterly polarized Washington will stumble into another government shutdown.
But as Democrats controlling the House unveil a stopgap, government-wide spending bill to keep the lights on and pay the troops, there's scant evidence that power sharing in the Capitol will produce further legislative accomplishments anytime soon.
The measure that is set for a vote this week would keep the government running through Nov. 21 and buy time for action and negotiations on $1.4 trillion in annual appropriations bills. Some items can't wait and...
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