U.S. House passes bills to end government shutdown
Updated 11:11, 07-Jan-2019
The U.S. House of Representatives, where Democrats now hold a majority, approved two measures that would end a two-week partial government shutdown.
Under the bills, the departments of State, Commerce, Agriculture, Labor, Treasury, and other agencies would be funded through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.
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However, an impasse remains as the bills provide no money for President Donald Trump's border wall.
Trump has threatened a veto of the legislation that would fund homeland security operations until February 8 and several other agencies through September because they do not provide any money for a wall that Trump has demanded be constructed on the US border with Mexico. 
The Republican-run Senate has said it may not even vote on the legislation. 
The new House speaker, veteran Democrat Nancy Pelosi, stood firm shortly before the vote, saying no funding for a border wall would be made available.
(With inputs from agencies)