WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a stopgap government funding bill on Thursday that would avoid a government shutdown by maintaining current spending levels through Nov. 21.
By a 301-123 vote, lawmakers sent the measure known as a continuing resolution, on to the Senate. To take effect, it must be approved by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
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Opposing the measure were 119 Republicans, or about 60 percent of the party’s House caucus, plus three Democrats and one independent.
The measure is intended to give lawmakers weeks to agree on more comprehensive funding legislation. They must first overcome differences on funding priorities from healthcare to defense and immigration, including Trump’s border wall that Democrats oppose.
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“We’ve proven that we can do it,” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said of the looming budget challenge. “I think we can get this done.”
The continuing resolution was hammered out during negotiations involving members of both parties and lawmakers from both chambers of Congress.
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