Senate bill would keep federal agencies open into December: McConnell

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Posted: Sep 22, 2015 2:44 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate would vote on a stop-gap government funding bill this week that aimed at averting a shutdown of federal agencies at the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.

The measure would fund government agencies through Dec. 11, congressional aides said. Senate Republicans initially will seek to pass a version of the spending bill that cuts off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood, a non-profit women's healthcare group now embroiled in an abortion controversy.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)