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US Congress Passes Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, Sends it to Biden

January 19, 2024

Richard Cowan and Makini Brice


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House of Representatives Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries speak to reporters outside the West Wing after Democratic and Republican leaders met with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2024. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

By Richard Cowan and Makini Brice

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through early March and avert a partial government shutdown, sending it to President Joe Biden for final approval.

The measure passed 314-108, with 106 Republicans and two Democrats in opposition.

Earlier on Thursday, the Senate had easily passed the bill, with a 77-18 vote ahead of the weekend deadline.

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