Senate Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown, Starts Work on Budget

March 20, 2013

The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that prevents a government shutdown and allows the upper chamber to begin work on passing a budget.
 
In a 73-26 vote, the Senate approved a $984 billion continuing resolution that keeps the government funded through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The House is expected to approve the bill before adjourning on Thursday.
 
Twenty-five Republicans and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) voted against the measure.

The spending bill includes the same funding levels as legislation already approved by the House, and would keep the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts known as sequestration.

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