Mark Meadows

Congress passes spending bill to avoid shutdown, set up future funding fight

Congress passes spending bill to avoid shutdown, set up future funding fight

Lawmakers approved a short-term spending bill Thursday to avoid a weekend shutdown of the federal government even as they set up a potentially more contentious battle that will fall just days before Christmas.

Hours before government funding was set to expire, the House voted mostly along party lines to pass a stop-gap measure to keep federal agencies open through Dec. 22. The Senate, moving with unusual haste, backed the bill about an hour later.

The legislation was aimed at buying congressional leaders more time to craft a bill to fund the government through September, but it underscored the challenges Republicans face in trying to appease conservatives within their ranks...

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