Clock ticking for U.S. Congress as Friday government shutdown looms

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By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Wednesday had just two days left before the federal government begins shutting many of its operations unless Democrats manage to pass a bill providing new funding for the fiscal year that begins on Friday. Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate were expected to put a temporary funding bill, possibly extending through Dec. 3, up for a vote as soon as Wednesday in the hope that Republicans will support it. Passing that would head off one crisis for President Joe Biden’s Democrats – who campaigned on a platform of…

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