Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks about a bipartisan border security compromise negotiated by congressional leaders [Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP]

The US Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to avert another partial government shutdown with bipartisan spending legislation that funds new barriers for part of the US-Mexico border, but not the $5.7bn that President Donald Trump sought for a wall.

The Republican-led Senate backed the bill 83-16. It now goes to the Democratic-controlled House of

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