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    Congress & A Declaration of National Emergency Bring Government Shutdown to an End

    The U.S. House and the Senate both voted on Thursday, Feb. 14 to approve a spending deal to avoid yet another shutdown. The Senate voted earlier in the day and approved the deal with a majority 83 votes for and 16 against the deal. The House voted later in the day with a majority approval of 300 to 128 votes. The bill, providing $1.375 billion for a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, has passed through Congress and was sent on its way to President Donald Trump, who signed the bill and declared a national emergency at the border on Friday, Feb. 15. The approval of this bill comes after…