House passes stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown

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Congress on Friday passed a two-day extension of government funding, hoping to avert a weekend shutdown and buy more time to finish negotiations on a full-year bill.

The House voted 320-60 to approve the two-day bill and the Senate quickly followed with its own approval — though not without a little drama.

Some senators had threatened to delay the bill to protest the way leaders have gone about writing year-end bills.

In the end, no senator objected and the measure headed off to President Trump.

The 2021 spending bill is tied to broader negotiations on a coronavirus relief package.

The government has been operating on stopgap money since Oct. 1.

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