Senate approves funding bill to avert government shutdown
Posted : Wednesday, 20 March 2013 03:31PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to avert a government shutdown next week by keeping agencies and discretionary programs funded through the fiscal year ending on September 30.
The measure, approved by a 73-26 vote, must go back to the House of Representatives for final approval. It keeps in place $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, but it offers the military and some domestic agencies more flexibility to shift funds within these reduced budgets to higher-priority programs.
(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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