UPDATE 3-Congress votes to extend gov’t funding

(Updates with Senate passage)

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (BestGrowthStock) – The U.S. Congress gave final
approval on Friday to extending government funding through
Tuesday to avoid a shutdown after lawmakers failed to agree on
a long-term solution to a stark partisan divide overspending.

The measure would pay for government operations beyond
Saturday night, when current funding expires. But it merely
postpones a fight over spending that is expected to loom large
next year, when Republicans will wield greater clout in
Washington.

Lawmakers have failed to pass a budget for the current
fiscal year, which started Oct. 1, and thus have extended last
year’s budget to fund the operation of everything from nuclear
submarines to national parks.

Senate Democrats had hoped to pass a detailed, $1.1
trillion spending bill to cover the rest of the fiscal year,
but they abandoned that effort on Thursday night in the face of
unified Republican opposition.

Republicans want to extend current funding beyond January,
when they will take control of the House and hold a larger
number of seats in the Senate.

The House unanimously passed the measure by voice vote on
Friday afternoon, and the Senate passed it unanimously later in
the day.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Peter Cooney)

UPDATE 3-Congress votes to extend gov’t funding