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Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty

3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 September 29, 2016 11:54 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

WASHINGTON - Congress has completed its most elementary task - but only after an intense, weekslong struggle to reach a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

The legislation extends existing spending levels a mere 10 weeks, past Election Day, while finally addressing the Zika crisis with $1.1 billion and providing long-sought help for the residents of Flint, Michigan, and flood victims in Louisiana. The legislation passed the Senate on a 72-26 vote and was backed by the House 342-85.

With the Capitol awash in election-year politics, shadowed by the contentious presidential race and engulfed in a fierce battle for control of the Senate, the simplest task became a nearly impossible heavy lift.

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