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Congress Passes Spending Plan to Avert Shutdown

Oct 01, 2015

Congress averted a government shutdown by passing a stopgap-spending bill that funds the government through December 11, 2015. The stopgap measure passed the Senate 78-20 and then cleared the House on a 277-151 vote, despite the opposition of dozens of conservatives with objections to any package that continues to fund Planned Parenthood. A new shutdown threat could arise in December, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he spoke with President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner last week about “getting started” with negotiations for a two-year budget so the Republican-led Congress can have a regular appropriations process next year.