House passes short-term funding extension

The House swiftly passed a short-term extension of current government funding levels to give lawmakers a few more days to work through the omnibus spending package unveiled Monday night.

The measure extends operations through Saturday. It passed unanimously by voice vote after about five minutes of debate early Tuesday afternoon. The Senate also is expected to approve the short extension, possibly later today.

As for the new spending bill, the House is expected to approve it as early as Wednesday, with the Senate taking it up before funding expires Saturday.

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