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Congress Passes Stopgap Measure


The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to fund the government for one week Friday, putting Congress on path to avert a government shutdown at midnight.

The stopgap spending measure, passed 382-30, now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be easily approved. Lawmakers plan to pass a broader spending package next week to fund the government through September.

Democrats signaled minutes before the House vote that they would back the short-term bill, despite earlier threats to oppose it unless an agreement was reached on the full-year funding bill.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer warned on the floor there are “still significant items that are not resolved,” even as Republican leaders say a deal is imminent. House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-Texas) told members earlier this week that “negotiations are very, very close.”

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