Congress Oks short-term spending bill hours before deadline

Sander Levin, Dave Reichert
House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., center, confers with the committee's ranking member Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, prior to going before the House Rules Committee as Congress works on legislation to avert a government shutdown when the funding runs out Friday night at midnight. White House and congressional negotiators are searching for compromise on huge tax and spending bills with a combined price tag of well over $1 trillion, with leaders hoping to clinch agreements and let Congress adjourn next week for the year. Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government open through next Wednesday.

The measure was approved by voice vote hours on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The White House has said he will sign it.

The measure will give lawmakers and the White House more time to complete negotiations on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill for 2016.

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