February 6, 2018 / 9:22 PM / a year ago

White House backs House Republican stopgap funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it supports Republican-backed legislation in the House of Representatives that would fund most government programs through March 28 and provide defense spending for the rest of the fiscal year.

Unless Congress passes a funding measure by midnight on Thursday, the U.S. government will be forced into a partial shutdown. A vote on the House Republican measure is expected later on Tuesday.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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