Senate approves three-day government funding extension

The U.S. Capitol Dome is reflected in a fountain below the U.S. Senate in WashingtonThe U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a three-day funding extension that will stave off a government shutdown at midnight on Wednesday and buy extra time to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal 2014. The 86-14 vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate sends the stop-gap measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. It comes as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives began consideration of the full-year, “omnibus” spending bill, which will fund government agencies and programs through September 30. It fleshes out a budget deal passed in December following a 16-day government shutdown in October over government funding disputes in Congress.

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