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House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown

Andrew Taylor
Associated Press

Washington – The House has passed a short-term ending bill to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30.

The bipartisan measure, approved by a 301-123 vote, would give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and pass $1.4 trillion worth of annual agency spending bills.

In this April 9, 2019, file photo, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the House are proposing a government-wide temporary funding bill to prevent a federal shutdown at month's end and to give the slow-moving Senate time to act on $1.4 trillion worth of spending bills that fill in the details on this summer's bipartisan budget and debt deal.

The Senate is scheduled to approve the stopgap measure next week.

The agency spending bills would fill in the details of this summer’s budget and debt agreement between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The House-passed measure also extends some expiring federal programs and replenishes Trump’s bailout of farmers who’ve been hurt by the U.S. trade dispute with China.

Senators are tied up in knots over how to proceed on the 12 annual spending bills.