WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate's approval of a short-term funding bill gives Congress time to find common ground on a spending plan that will take the country through the end of the year, the White House said on Thursday.
President Barack Obama is optimistic that Congress can find a way to cut spending without cutting "critical investments" in education, research and development and other areas, White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.
But he said the White House does not want to see continued passage of stopgap plans. "Continuing to fund our government in two or three week increments adds uncertainty to our economy and distracts us from other urgent priorities facing our nation," he said.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Matt Spetalnick)