US Congress Nears Passage of Temporary Spending Bill



US Congress Nears Passage of Temporary Spending Bill
The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a temporary spending bill Tuesday that will keep the federal government operating until mid-December, putting off yet another Republican showdown with President Barack Obama over spending priorities.

Tuesday's expected vote comes after the chamber voted 77-19 Monday to advance the measure towards a final vote. Once it gets the Senate's approval, it will be sent to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which has until midnight Wednesday to approve the bill.
The spending measure includes funding for Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care for millions of women across the United States.
Many hardline conservative Republicans, including Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, want to cut funding for Planned Parenthood after a secretly recorded video allegedly caught Planned Parenthood officials discussing selling fetal tissue obtained from abortions. Obama has threatened to veto any spending bill that eliminates federal funds for the organization.
But House Speaker John Boehner ended the likelihood of a government shutdown last week when he struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the temporary spending bill.
Boehner announced he was stepping down from the speaker's job, and his congressional seat, at the end of October, amid intense criticism from so-called "Tea Party" Republicans who felt he and McConnell had not used the budget process to confront Obama on such issues as the president's signature health care law, commonly known as "Obamacare."



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