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News Summary: House OKs bill to avoid shutdown

KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON: The Republican-controlled House approved legislation to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of automatic spending cuts on the Defense Department.

TO THE SENATE: The measure goes to the Senate, where Democrats hope to give additional Cabinet agencies similar flexibility in implementing their shares of the spending cuts.

CHANGING MINDS? Senate Democrats seem likely to agree if flexibility can be expanded to other agencies. It marks a reversal for President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who have recently dismissed Republican plans for flexibility in the cuts.

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