Breaking: House takes first step toward staving off government shutdown


Via an L.A. Times email alert:

The House of Representatives today took the first step in avoiding a looming government shutdown by passing a temporary spending measure.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber voted 335-91 in support of a continuing resolution that will fund government operations for an additional two weeks. The proposal includes $4 billion in spending cuts that have been endorsed by President Obama.

Some House Democrats objected, seeking a longer interim spending measure that would give negotiators more breathing room to agree on a proposal for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Democrats, who control the U.S. Senate, had signaled their support for the GOP's stopgap plan. Majority Leader Harry Reid said today the Senate will hold a vote on the House measure in the next 48 hours.

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