Democratic leader vows to avert US government shutdown

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Washington (AFP) – The leader of the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives vowed Thursday to avert a looming government shutdown as federal funds run out, despite a pledge by opposition Republicans to block the move. Lawmakers have until September 30 to green-light a package to fund the government ahead of the stoppage, which typically leads to hundreds of thousands of workers being sent home while parks, museums and other federal properties and services are closed.  The House passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) Tuesday which would keep federal agencies open until December 3 — a…

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