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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), with Secretary for the Majority Laura Dove, right, walks to the chamber at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday.
The Senate plans to hold dueling votes Thursday to end the longest government shutdown in history. Like many, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) thinks both proposals will fail.
That, in the eyes of Rounds and others, is the point.
“I think this is basically a public statement of what all of us know to already be the case,” Rounds said in an interview. “But it provides an avenue.”
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Where that road will lead is an open question. Still, for the first time this year, the Senate is taking concrete steps to try to resolve the partial shutdown — offering a glimmer of hope for a deal to reopen shuttered agencies.
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