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Lawmakers race against the clock to avoid government shutdown

(KYMA, KECY/ CNN) - The clock is ticking for lawmakers as congress is rushing to avoid a federal government shutdown.

Both chambers have to pass a funding bill - and the President has to sign it - by a Friday deadline.

The good news is both parties seem optimistic.

72 senators supported a proposal during a procedural vote Tuesday, but negotiations have continued right up to the final hours.

And, even if lawmakers pass the current plan - they'll only fund the government until December 16th.

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