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House Passes “CRomnibus” Spending Bill Just Hours Before Deadline

The United States Capitol.

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The House approved a federal spending bill on Thursday evening just hours before the midnight deadline threatening to shut the government down. Despite objections from both sides—67 Republicans joined 139 Democrats in voting “no”—the $1.1 trillion bill squeaked through in the House 219 to 206.

“The bill would keep most of the government running through the end of September, but only funds the Department of Homeland Security through February, when Republicans have vowed to pass new restrictions on the agency responsible for carrying out Obama’s executive orders on immigration,” according to CNN. “Passage of the bipartisan measure – just hours before government agencies run out of money – should give it some momentum in the Senate, though the outcome in that chamber remains unclear. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law if it passes the Senate.”