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House votes to keep Gov't open three more days

The House approved a three-day extension of government funding throughJanuary 18to buy time for debate on a large omnibus spending bill this week. The action was taken on a simple voice vote after less than five minutes of debate.

Meanwhile, according to Bloombergthe extension will give Congress the time needed to get the bi-partisan budget bill passed and signed by the President this week.

House and Senate lawmakers agreed to a bipartisan compromise to fund the U.S. government through Sept. 30, unveiling the measure days before financing for federal agencies is scheduled tolapse.

The $1.1 trillion measure includes $1.01 trillion for U.S. government operations, plus war financing known as overseas combat operations. Republican efforts to derail some regulatory initiatives and to deny funding for implementation of the 2010 health care law were left out to ensure passage and avoid a repeat of the 16-day partial government shutdown inOctober.

The bill, announced last night by lawmakers includingHouse Appropriations CommitteeChairmanHal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, and Senate Appropriations ChairmanBarbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, probably will reach the House floor tomorrow, Rogerssaid. MORE...


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