House passes $1.1 trillion government spending bill

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The House on Wednesday passed a measure that authorizes almost $1.1 trillion in government spending for the rest of the fiscal year, which would be the same level as last year.

The 212-206 vote on mostly partisan lines sends the measure to the Senate for consideration.

Such spending authorization is necessary to keep the government running, and despite deep divisions between Democrats and Republicans on policy, Congress was expected to pass a measure before the current lame-duck session ends in early January.

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