February 6, 2018 / 10:27 PM / 8 months ago

Temporary funding bill clears key procedural hurdle in U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared a stop-gap funding bill for debate and a vote on passage later in the day as Congress maneuvered to avoid government agency shutdowns when existing money expires at midnight on Thursday.

By a vote of 236-188, the House approved rules for debating the fifth temporary spending bill for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Eric Beech

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