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House Passes Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown

Amanda Martinez |
March 6, 2013 | 12:19 p.m. PST

Executive Producer


Both sides must come to an agreement by March 27 to avoid a government shutdown. (deltaMike/Flickr)
Both sides must come to an agreement by March 27 to avoid a government shutdown. (deltaMike/Flickr)
The House of Representatives passed a $1.043 trillion spending bill Wednesday that keeps the federal government funded through the end of September. 

The vote passed, 267-151, and included broad support from the GOP. Republicans favored the bill's ability to provide the Pentagon with more flexibility in implementing spending cuts by protecting high priority programs.

More than 50 Democrats voted in favor of the bill, but as a whole largely opposed it in order to give other federal agencies similar flexibility in making cuts.

The spending package is subject to $85 billion in across-the-board cuts for the fiscal year. Half must come from defense spending.

Members from the GOP and Democratic parties must find common ground  before March 27 to avoid a government shutdown.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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