Congress averts government shutdown with last-minute vote

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WASHINGTON — Just seven hours before federal agencies ran out of money, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec. 11.

The strong bipartisan vote, 277-151, matched a similar compromise in the Senate, which passed the bill by a 78-20 margin earlier in the day.

Many conservatives wanted to use the bill to defund Planned Parenthood after edited videos released by an anti-abortion group purportedly showed officials talking about the sale of fetal tissue. The group denied any illegal activity, and the bill approved on Wednesday will continue federal money for Planned Parenthood.

The bill will now go to the President’s desk and averts a government shutdown.

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