Congress passes continuing resolution, avoids government shutdown

With hours to spare before plunging the federal government into the second shutdown in as many years, Congress passed a temporary funding bill to keep the government open through mid-December.

The House passed the stopgap measure 277-151. It provides funding for the government until Dec. 11. Congress had until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 30) to pass a budget for the next fiscal year. Without funding for the first day of the new year — Oct. 1 — the government would be closed for business.

In a statement from the White House, the administration called the vote a “step away from the brink” and said the President would sign the bill when it reached his desk.

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