September 13, 2012 / 10:32 PM / 5 years ago

US House passes six-month stop-gap government funding plan

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap measure to fund the government for six months and eliminate any threat of a shutdown fight that could damage lawmakers' re-election hopes.

After spending much of the past two years fighting over cutting government spending, the Republican-controlled House voted by a wide margin of 329-91 to slightly raise spending from current levels.

The bill, which now moves to the Senate where a vote is expected by next week, will be the last piece of substantive legislation passed by Congress before the Nov. 6 presidential and congressional elections. It must be signed into law before Sept. 30, when current government funding runs out.

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