from The Wall Street Journal,
The bill is expected to receive the House’s approval and Obama’s signature later Wednesday.
The Senate on Wednesday passed a short-term spending bill keeping the government running through Dec. 11, putting Congress on track to avoid another government shutdown with little time to spare.
The House is expected to approve the spending bill later Wednesday and send it to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign the legislation before the government’s current funding expires at midnight.
The Senate passed the spending bill in a 78-20 vote.
Although Congress acted in its typical, last-minute fashion, the stopgap spending bill’s passage was anticlimactic on Capitol Hill.
Conservatives who had worked to oust Mr. Boehner for years had pushed GOP leaders to use the spending bill as leverage in a fight over Planned Parenthood funding, urging them to let the government shutter if necessary. Republican anger toward the women’s health organization has ballooned in the wake of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fees for procuring fetal tissue for medical researchers. Planned Parenthood officials have said the videos were edited by antiabortion advocates to undermine the group’s work.
The spending bill expected to pass both chambers Wednesday retains federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
The bill’s mid-December deadline is expected to set up the next major fight in Washington. Conservatives emboldened by their role in pushing out Mr. Boehner are likely to resist any longer-term budget deal that increases federal spending. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday he hoped to strike a deal with Democrats setting budget levels through fiscal year 2017.
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