Congress averts government shutdown; funding talks drag on

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) leaves after a meeting with Rep. Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill funding the government through Wednesday, giving congressional negotiators more time to work on a $1.15 trillion bill paying for federal programs through September. The House approved the stop-gap measure by a voice vote, and President Barack Obama promptly signed it into law.

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