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House approves ‘pause’ in Syrian refugee program

Over the objections of President Barack Obama and most Democrats, the House approved legislation Thursday that would block Syrian and Iraqi refugees admission to the United States under a current screening process that Republicans say could be exploited by ISIS terrorists.

Federal budget deal struck in Senate

The Senate, working late into the night, approved a two-year budget deal early Friday morning that will avoid a government default on its debts and remove caps on discretionary spending that most lawmakers found too onerous.