Congress has averted a midnight shutdown, as the House on Wednesday afternoon followed the Senate’s example by easily passing a temporary spending bill funding the government through December 11.
The stopgap measure passed the Senate 78 to 20 and then cleared the House on a 277-151 vote, despite the opposition of dozens of conservatives with objections to any package that continues to fund Planned Parenthood. Videos released by a pro-life group charge that the organization is illegally selling fetal tissue for a profit; the organization vigorously denies the allegations.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans were thrilled about the shutdown showdown, and both sides pointed fingers at the other for bringing the country to the brink. But there is some hope that the two sides can come to an agreement in the next few months for a longer budget deal clearing the decks for the next president.