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Obama OKs 10-Week Govt Funding Extension

WhiteHousePresident Barack Obama has signed legislation to keep U.S. government operations funded at the existing level through Dec. 11 and prevent a federal shutdown Thursday, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Erin Kelly writes the Senate voted 78-20 earlier Wednesday to approve the stopgap funding bill, followed by the House’s passage of the bill through a 277-151 vote late Wednesday before it became law with Obama’s signature.

The stopgap measure extends agency funds based on current annual spending rate of $1.017 trillion and provides an additional $700 million for wildfire-fighting operations throughout the country, the New York Times reports.

According to David Herszenhorn‘s article, the House on Wednesday also voted to pass a separate resolution designed to stop the government’s financial support of Planned Parenthood.

Reuters reported the funding extension gives the White House and Congress about 10 weeks to design a potential long-term budget and find ways to ease sequestration’s effects on military and non-defense programs.

Republican leaders have said they are willing to collaborate with Democrats to set funding levels for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, according to the story by David Lawder and Richard Cowan.

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