House approves stop-gap measure funding gov’t for three weeks

By Sahil Kapur
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 15:37 EDT
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WASHINGTON – By a margin of 271-158, the House voted Tuesday to pass yet another stop-gap resolution that cuts $6 billion in spending and funds the government for an additional three weeks. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Funding expires Friday as the House and Senate failed to agree on a longer-term budget measure, making this sixth continuing resolution — which was negotiated by the two parties — necessary to avert a government shutdown.

Though both parties emphasize the need to avoid a shutdown, patience is running thin as lawmakers say the appetite to fund the government in two or three-week increments is rapidly vanishing.

Negotiations on a broader budget measure are continuing this week, Democratic and Republican leadership aides tell Raw Story.

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