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Senate OKs Six-Month Funding Extension, Bill Goes to President

The Senate voted Saturday to approve a six-month stopgap measure, extending funding for the federal government through March 27, 2013, GovExec reports.

According to Kellie Lunney’s article, the measure sets fiscal year 2013 funding at $1.047 trillion, the level mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

The House approved the measure last week, which now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature.

Some federal programs will see a slight funding increase, including a higher line item for the Department of Veterans Affairs to handle disability claims.

The measure also extends to April a freeze on pay for federal workers, who are currently working under a two-year pay freeze.

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