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Measure approved to keep government open extends pay freeze for feds

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UscapitolindaylightCongress has approved a short-term funding measure, averting the chance of a federal shutdown next week. But it has some bad news for federal workers: There will be no pay raises this year, and furloughs look all but certain at many agencies.

The House gave final approval Thursday in a bipartisan 318-to-109 vote to a continuing funding resolution that outlines spending through the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. Following a Senate vote Wednesday, the budget assures that the government will stay open when a stopgap measure funding operations expires March 27. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature, ending a relatively smooth and drama-free process for a Congress that has repeatedly deadlocked on spending issues.