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By Makini Birice and Gram Slattery
WASHINGTON, December 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a temporary one-week funding bill. This was done to allow lawmakers more time to pass a bill that will fully fund federal government through its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2023.
The “continuing resolution”, a stopgap measure, is necessary to prevent a partial shut down of federal agencies that would otherwise have been on Saturday.
It was passed by 224 votes to 200, mostly along party lines. Nine Republicans voted for it.
On Tuesday, top congressional negotiators agreed to a framework for the full year’s “omnibus bill.” Although they did not disclose the amount of money they had reached an agreement on, it is likely to be higher than last year’s $1.5 billion. Richard Shelby, top Senate Republican negotiator said that the package should be completed by December 23.
This package, in addition to financing the U.S. Government, is expected to include assistance for Ukraine in its battle against the Russian army and a bill reforming how the United States certifies presidential candidates.
1. House Republicans oppose a full-year budget bill. They say they prefer to vote for funding the government in the first quarter of next year, when they have majority control and more power to cut domestic spending. (Reporting from Makini Birice and Gram Slattery. Editing by Sandra Maler. Additional reporting and editing by Eric Beech. Editing by Scott Malone. Sandra Maler.