US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

The US government partial shutdown is ending after Republicans and Democrats voted for a temporary funding bill, the BBC reports.

The Democratic leadership agreed to back the bill after accepting promises from Republicans for a debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants.

It is the fourth temporary measure since October because Capitol Hill cannot agree a longer-term budget.

The spending bill passed the Senate by 81-18 and the House of Representatives by 266-150 earlier on Monday.

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