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Senate reaches deal to end U.S. government shutdown

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The U.S. Senate is poised to end the government shutdown, having come to an agreement on temporary funding in exchange for immigration-policy overhaul in the coming month.

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Ratings agency Standard and Poor's estimated that each week of a government shutdown would cost the US economy roughly $6 billion.[break]

The spending bill will fund the U.S. government until February 8, according to reports from Washington, DC.

Democrats and Republicans could not agree on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open by midnight last Friday.

"We will vote today to reopen the government," Democrat Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a speech on the Senate floor.

The disagreement was rooted in protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors.

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