House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a short-term measure that funds the federal government through November 18.

Lawmakers Tuesday approved the stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, by a margin of 352 to 66. The bill, which passed the Senate last week, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The legislation gives Congress and the White House more time to work out their differences on numerous spending bills that fund government operations for the new fiscal year, which began October 1.

Budget battles have paralyzed Washington on several occasions this year, leading to two near-shutdowns and a near-default that led to a downgrade of the United States' credit rating.

Analysts have said the continuing conflict over government spending is not likely to improve Congress' approval rating with the American public, which surveys show is at an all-time low of about 12 percent.