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US government funding bill sails through House

US government funding bill sails through House

The House of Representatives has passed a huge stopgap spending bill to keep the government functioning through the end of September, sidestepping any threat of a government shutdown.
The bipartisan vote in the House follows Senate approval earlier this week and sends the measure President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
The measure would fund the day-to-day operating budgets of every Cabinet agency through Sept. 30, provide another $87 billion to fund overseas military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and maintain a pay freeze for federal workers.
The measure leaves in place automatic spending cuts of 5 percent to domestic programs and 8 percent to the Pentagon, known as the sequester. That means job furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers.


Updated : 2021-02-25 18:12 GMT+08:00