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U.S. House of Representatives approves bill to extend government funding

The House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed legislation to keep the federal government from shutting down and to run most agency funding through March 23. The vote was 245 to 182.

The stopgap bill was sent to the Senate. The House speaker Paul Ryan urged Democrats in the Senate to abandon obstruction in the matter of funding.

Three weeks ago, Senate Democrats have blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill which led to a three-day halt to the work of the U.S. federal government.

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