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House Approves FY 2015 Budget Package, Lawmakers OK 2-Day Govt Funding Extension

Capitol_BuildingThe House voted 219-206 late Thursday to pass a $1.1 trillion budget deal to keep the U.S. government running through September, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Ed O’Keefe writes the fiscal 2015 omnibus spending package was approved by House lawmakers after several hours of floor debate and closed-door sessions.

Fifty-seven Democrats and 162 Republicans supported the legislation.

The bill would fund much of the government for a full year and could trigger a showdown early next year regarding President Barack Obama’s decision to use executive authority to overhaul immigration, according to the Post.

O’Keefe reports Congress passed a stopgap spending measure to prevent a shutdown at Thursday midnight.

The measure extends government funding for another two days and gives the Senate time to approve the full-year budget, according to the newspaper.

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