Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., second from left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, on prison reform legislation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico.While the White House indicated Trump was open to reviewing whatever Congress could pass, the president did not immediately weigh in on the short-term plan.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will remain in session Thursday. Just last week Trump said he would be "proud" to shut down the government over his demand for $5 billion for the wall.As some Republicans grumbled that Trump caved, McConnell lashed out at Democrats for failing to give Trump any of the $5 billion that he wanted for the wall.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated earlier this week that Trump did not want to shut down the government.Congress did pass legislation to fund much of the government through the current budget year, until next Oct. 1 .
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