With 167 "No" Votes, House Passes Funding Bill

By Dan Friedman

A continuing resolution funding the federal government through September passed the House on Thursday in a 260 to 167 vote, clearing the biggest legislative hurdle it faced following the last-minute deal that averted a shutdown.


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The bill passed despite conservative opposition that mounted throughout the week as Republicans became concerned much of the roughly $38 billion in spending cuts were illusory. Democrats gave House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, needed votes for the bill. Despite concerns, most Republicans rallied behind Boehner, saying they were eager to move to bigger spending battles.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill without significant opposition later on Thursday. President Obama will sign the measure before week's end.

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