Government shutdown: first closure in four years looms hours before deadline

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Twelve hours before deadline, dueling parties in Congress showed no signs of breaking impasse over spending priorities and Daca

The US government remained poised on Friday to suffer its first shutdown in more than four years, as lawmakers in Congress showed no signs of breaking an impasse over spending priorities and the fate of young, undocumented immigrants.

With less than 12 hours before a deadline of midnight to fund the government, the White House said the prospect of a shutdown had “ratcheted up” while blaming Democrats for objecting to the short-term spending measure that narrowly passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.

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