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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators split in votes on competing bills for ending the partial government shutdown as the Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s plan and another that passed the Democratic-controlled House.
Thursday’s votes saw Republican Sen. Pat Toomey back Trump’s legislation, while Democratic Sen. Bob Casey supported the House bill. The Democratic proposal got two more votes than Trump’s plan in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The House bill would have reopened the government through Feb. 8, but didn’t allow money for a border wall that Trump is demanding.
The Trump-backed bill included $5.7 billion for border-wall funding, along with funding to reopen the government on a longer-term basis, temporary protections for young immigrants and new curbs on Central Americans seeking safe haven.
Some 800,000 federal workers are due to miss a second paycheck Friday.
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