House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill To Avoid Weekend Shutdown

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Republicans voted Thursday for a short-term spending bill on the floor to keep the federal government running for another two weeks. The House passed the stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of topics on Capitol Hill.

The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate is expected to swiftly approve the measure as early as Thursday night and send it to President Donald Trump.

The vote came as Trump and top congressional leaders in both parties huddled to discuss a range of unfinished bipartisan business on Capitol Hill, including the budget, a children’s health program and aid to hurricane affected areas such as¬†Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.

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