Congress Averts Shutdown, Passes Continuing Resolution

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Congress passed a short-term bill to fund the government Wednesday, hours before funding was set to expire.

The Senate passed the measure Wednesday morning in a 78-20 vote, and the House followed with a vote of approval 277-151. The measure does not defund Planned Parenthood.

The measure will keep the government running until Dec. 11, but the spending fight is expected to resume soon, as members try to hash out a long-term plan for the budget.

Conservatives in both chambers want to defund Planned Parenthood, after a series of undercover videos exposed the non-profit’s dealings in aborted fetal tissue. (RELATED: Key Points From The First Nine Planned Parenthood Videos)

The House initially passed a funding bill that stripped Planed Parenthood of funding for a year, but that measure failed to pass the Senate last week, and President Obama made it clear he planned to veto any legislation that defunded Planned Parenthood.

The House is working on defunding the group through a rare measure called reconciliation, which would only require a majority vote to pass the Senate.

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