After weeks of struggling to compromise on a spending bill, Congress voted on Wednesday to avert a government shutdown and extended funding for government agencies until the 11th of December. Just hours before the midnight deadline, the House of Representatives passed a bill that was passed by the Senate a couple of hours earlier with a vote of 78-20. The House passed the bill with a bipartisan vote of 277-151. A Republican majority voted against the bill, because conservatives urged for defunding the women’s healthcare organization Planned Parenthood. However, in a mostly partisan vote the House passed a separate measure with a defunding provision for Planned Parenthood, but Senate is not expected to pass it, making it a symbolic House vote. According to Reuters, the funding bill reached President Barack Obama’s desk later on Wednesday and he signed it into law. He stated “The good news is that it looks like the Republicans will just barely avoid shutting down the ...

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