Congress averts government shutdown, Obama signs funding measure

A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol Building in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ending weeks of infighting, the U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11. The House of Representatives relied heavily on Democrats to secure passage in a 277-151 vote. A large majority of Republicans voted against the measure, which did not meet conservatives’ demands to cut off money to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood amid an abortion controversy.

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