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Congress poised to avert highway fund shutdown, for now

Congress poised to avert highway fund shutdown, for now

Congress is poised to avert a looming shutdown of federal highway accounts with passage of a temporary measure that will keep operations funded for the next three months, but the move creates a possible new crisis point for the fall. The House was expected to approve a compromise stopgap bill Wednesday, as Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) allows lawmakers to dash out of town early for the August recess. The Senate was to follow suit soon after. As part of the deal, Congress was also tacking on a provision to help the Department of Veterans Affairs avoid closing healthcare clinics amid its own budget shortfall. The agency will be able to tap $3 billion over the next two months to cover...

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