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Democrats Pass Legislation To End US Government Shutdown

Democrats wasted no time flexing their new power in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as they maneuvered to pass legislation that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown while ignoring President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall.   Thursday marks the first day of divided government in Washington since Mr. Trump took office in January 2017, as Democrats took control in the House from his fellow Republicans, who remain in charge of the Senate.   The 2019-2020 Congress convened with roughly a quarter of the federal government closed, affecting 800,000 employees, in a shutdown triggered by Trump’s demand last month for the money for a US-Mexican border wall – opposed by Democrats – as part of any legislation funding government agencies.   Congressional leaders from both parties held unproductive talks with Mr. Trump at the White House on Thursday and are to return for another round on Friday, a sign the shutdown is likely to continue for the rest of the week.