Both chambers of the US Congress have approved a compromise bill to end the government shutdown and avert a state default.
Republicans have indicated they are prepared to change the Senate rules to ensure that US President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is confirmed. Democrats have pledged to filibuster a confirmation vote.
The US senate has averted government shutdown by passing a two-year budget deal increasing spending by $80 billion. Passed without traditional acrimony, the bill has still been blasted by champions of fiscal restraint.
US Democratic Party vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine has formally accepted his party nomination. Kaine, like President Barack Obama, praised presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and derided her rival Donald Trump.
A measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement has been blocked by US lawmakers. Republican leaders have vowed to try again in both House and Senate chambers of US Congress.
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