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Republicans' Anti-Vaccine Mandate Stunt Fails to Shut Down the Government

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

In a feat worthy of a Hanukkah miracle, Congress actually accomplished something more than 24 hours ahead of its deadline. On Thursday, both chambers approved a measure to keep the government funded at current levels through February 18, in addition to allocating $7 billion for Afghan refugee care and resettlement. Sure, avoiding a government shutdown and punting on efforts to actually agree to and pass real appropriations bills may seem like the bare minimum, but for a legislative body so often mired in dysfunction, it was a notable accomplishment. Lawmakers have yet to reach a deal on...
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