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Democrats Retreat on Miners’ Health Care, Avert Government Shutdown

The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats beat a tactical retreat and promised to continue their fight next year for months-long health care benefits for retired miners. “We had no intention of shutting down the government,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., adding that Democrats would provide enough votes to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government operating through April 28. The extended fight over the miners'...

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