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House narrowly passes spending bill as Congress avoids shutdown
House narrowly passes spending bill as Congress avoids shutdown

Lawmakers narrowly averted a government shutdown late Thursday night while advancing a $1 trillion spending package after a dramatic day on Capitol Hill in which House members of both parties raised a litany of objections to the measure. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 219-206 to approve the controversial bill, which had appeared in jeopardy for much of the day. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. Both chambers approved a separate, stopgap budget to keep federal agencies open while the Senate deliberates. "It was well debated, and the vote speaks now for itself," Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, a chief architect of the legislation as...

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