US Senate vote averts shutdown

2015-09-30 17:40
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Washington - The US Senate passed a short-term spending bill on Wednesday that will fund the government through December 11 as lawmakers worked down to the wire to prevent the government from running out of money at midnight.

The upper chamber of Congress approved the bill 78-20.

The bill overcame efforts by conservative Republicans that would have forced the government to shutdown unless the budget withdrew federal funding from women's health provider Planned Parenthood after undercover video surfaced purporting to show it selling foetal tissue from abortions.

The lower House of Representatives is to take up the measure later on Wednesday and President Barack Obama has indicated he will sign it into law.

Lawmakers will then have until December to craft a broader budget bill for the rest of the fiscal year.

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