U.S. Congress approves measure to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress early on
Saturday passed a one-week stopgap funding measure to avert a
federal government shutdown, clearing the way to approve a
bipartisan measure next week to fund the government for the
rest of this fiscal year with $37.8 billion in spending cuts.

The House of Representatives gave overwhelming final
approval to the short-term funding measure shortly after the
Senate passed it. It now goes to President Barack Obama to sign
into law.

Federal funding technically ran out at midnight on Friday
(0400 GMT on Saturday). But with the stopgap funding
legislation rushing through Congress, the White House Office of
Management and Budget ordered no disruption in government
services.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Thomas Ferraro and Andy Sullivan;
editing by Mohammad Zargham)

U.S. Congress approves measure to avert shutdown