House OKs bill to fund government through September

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 29: Speaker-elect of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers remarks before being sworn in on the floor of the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol October 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ryan was elected the 62nd speaker of the House with 236 votes and will attempt to steer that chaotic legislative […]

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a $1.1 trillion government funding bill that keeps agencies operating through the end of September.

The vote was 309 to 118.

The Senate is expected to clear it Thursday and send to President Donald Trump for his anticipated signature before Friday’s deadline when the government would run out of money.

The agreement, which was reached after weeks of talks, was a rare bipartisan achievement for Congress and the White House. But leading up to the vote, Republicans and Democrats battled over who which party came out on top.

Republicans cited boosts in funding for border security and the military as preserving conservative principles.

Democrats cited increases in domestic programs and blocking money from going to Trump’s campaign promise of a border wall with Mexico, a key demand for Democrats.

Both sides claimed wins for extending an important health insurance program for retired coal miners and for increasing funding for the opioid crisis. Avoiding a potentially damaging shutdown was also a win for all sides.

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