House Votes to Fund Pentagon, Prevent Shutdown

By: AP
By: AP
GOP-led House passes bill to avoid government shutdown for a week; faces Obama veto threat.

The Associated Press
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday after meeting to work on a budget deal and avoid a government shutdown.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House has passed legislation seeking to keep the government open for another week while funding the Pentagon through September. But Senate Democrats oppose it, and President Barack Obama has promised a veto should the bill reach him.

Obama called the measure a distraction from ongoing negotiations on a full-year spending bill.

A partial government shutdown looms at midnight Friday. Quarreling consumed the Capitol on Thursday, even as top congressional negotiators went to the White House for more talks with Obama.

Republicans blasted Democrats for risking denying pay to troops overseas and sought to blame them if the government shuts down.
Democrats said it was past time to complete negotiations on the
full-year funding bill and complained about a provision banning
taxpayer-financed abortions in Washington, D.C.


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