Government Spending

House Approves Short-Term Spending Resolution

First step toward passing full spending bill

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The House on Tuesday approved a short-term spending bill funding the government through Saturday, the first step toward passing a massive $1 trillion spending bill for the rest of 2014.

Members approved the bill by voice vote after a quick debate in which representatives of both parties said the bill is needed to keep the government open while Congress manages the much larger spending bill.

Without the short-term bill, funding for the government would run out after Wednesday, and the Senate is expected to need a few days to digest the larger bill.