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Lawmakers return to Capitol Saturday with government shutdown looming

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(The Center Square) - Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill Saturday with no spending measure yet agreed upon with a partial government shutdown looming at midnight if no deal is reached.

Holdout House Republicans killed Speaker Kevin McCarthy's attempt Friday to pass a short-term spending measure to keep the government open. McCarthy proposed a 30-day extension that cut spending and bolstered conservative border policies, but 21 Republicans voted against it, leading it to fail 198-232.