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Congress Approves Stopgap Spending Measure to Avoid Shutdown

September 29, 2011

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Congress gave final approval to a stopgap budget measure needed to avert a government shutdown.

With lawmakers on recess this week, the House used a voice vote in a pro-forma session today to pass the legislation funding the government until Oct. 4. It was approved Sept. 26 by the Senate and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The government’s new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

The bill is the result of a bipartisan deal reached earlier this week to end a standoff over financing disaster assistance that had threatened a government shutdown.

The House plans on Oct. 4 to consider a second stopgap budget measure approved by the Senate that would keep federal agencies operating until Nov. 18.

Today’s bill is H.R. 2017.

--Editors: Laurie Asseo, Leslie Hoffecker.

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