House passes stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown, sends to Senate

Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — One day before Friday’s deadline, the House of Representatives has passed a month-long extension that would fund the government and avoid a shutdown just before the holidays.

The stopgap spending bill, which would keep the government running until January 19, passed the GOP-controlled House by a vote of 231-188 and now heads to the Senate for a possible vote later Thursday.

The House legislation includes a short-term, six-month extension of CHIP, the children’s health insurance program, that expired Oct. 1.

The bill punts other big-ticket items into 2018, setting up continued battles over immigration, defense spending and other issues.

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