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Bill to Extend US Spending Authority Blocked in Senate

The U.S. Senate has blocked a bill that would have kept the federal government open. Senate Democrats banded together to prevent debate on a Republican bill to extend the U.S. government’s spending authority into December. The bill would also have withheld funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading provider of abortion services; that stipulation was demanded by social conservatives. But Planned Parenthood is also a leading provider of other women's reproductive...

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