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Senate OKs Spending Bill to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown, Aid Syrian Fight Against Islamic State Group

CapitolDomeThe Senate on Thursday voted 78-22 in favor of a U.S. plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in their fight against the Islamic State militant group, Reuters reported Thursday.

Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder write the Syrian authorization is tucked into a House-approved spending package designed to keep the government running after Sept. 30.

The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

“When you harm our citizens, when you threaten the United States, when you threaten our allies, it doesn’t divide us, it unites us,” President Obama said Thursday, according to Reuters.

Congress adjourned in preparation for the midterm elections and is expected to discuss U.S. military intervention in Syria after the recess, Zengerle and Lawder report.

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