Senate passes bill to avert government shutdown, sends to House

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 30, 2015 10:26 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to keep the federal government operating just hours before agency funding runs out with the start of a new fiscal year on Thursday.

The measure, passed by a wide margin, next goes to the U.S. House of Representatives, which is expected to take it up promptly so that President Barack Obama can sign it into law before a midnight deadline.

Under the bill, a range of government activities would be funded at current levels until Dec. 11, giving congressional negotiators and Obama more time to work out a budget deal at least for the rest of the 2016 fiscal year ending next Sept. 30.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Susan Heavey)