December 21, 2017 / 7:20 PM / a year ago

CORRECTED-Short-term government funding, disaster aid bills advance in U.S. House

(Changes Senate in last paragraph to House)

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took a step toward averting a partial government shutdown at the end of this week, approving rules to debate a bill that would fund federal agencies through Jan. 19.

Also cleared for debate was an $81 billion disaster aid bill to help U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from a series of recent natural disasters.

House votes on both bills were expected later on Thursday. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Susan Heavey and Bill Trott)

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