House passes spending bill on second attempt

Reuters News

9/23/2011 12:59:03 AM - Reuters News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives regrouped on Friday to approve a must-pass spending bill, but the prospect of a government shutdown loomed as Democrats said it would go nowhere in the Senate.

By a largely party-line vote of 219 to 203, the Republican-controlled House approved a bill that would keep the government running through November 18 and provide $3.65 billion for disaster relief in one of the most extreme years for weather in U.S. history.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; editing by Vicki Allen)