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The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions in limbo from coast to coast. And there were suggestions from both parties that it could last for weeks and grow to encompass the measure to increase the debt limit.
U.S. lawmakers voted to continue paying troops as part of a last-minute budget deal before the midnight deadline that saw the Congress fail to pass a budget forcing the government to shut down.