U.S. Senate passes stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate hurriedly
passed a stopgap spending bill on Friday to fund the federal
government for one week to avert a government shutdown at
midnight.

Racing against the clock and with no debate, the Senate
passed the bill by voice vote after congressional leaders
reached a deal with President Barack Obama on a funding bill
for the rest of the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30.

The House of Representatives later on Friday was expected
to give final approval to the measure for Obama to sign into
law. The longer funding bill is seen passing Congress next
week.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Andy Sullivan and Thomas Ferraro;
editing by Philip Barbara)

U.S. Senate passes stopgap spending bill