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Congress Clears Legislation to Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress gave final approval to legislation to avert a partial government shutdown in a rare example of bipartisan cooperation on federal spending.

The House voted 318-109 today to send the budget bill --, which would fund federal agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the 2013 fiscal year -- to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the measure with bipartisan support yesterday, 73-26.