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It’s official: the government shutdown has been averted. The House spending bill passed overwhelmingly this afternoon sailed through the Senate, though not before some palace intrigue by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). The Colorado Democrat was incensed that no Ukraine aid was included in the package, which led him to place a hold on the legislation for hours.
Democrats were at risk of being the party who shut down Congress, which is why many in the upper chamber, while annoyed, were confident that the last-minute details would be hashed out and the bill would be passed. Bennet finally surrendered after securing guarantees that a separate aid package would be brought up later (via Axios):