Wednesday, March 06, 2013 2:07 pm
House Oks bill to avoid government shutdown
By DAVID ESPOAP Special Correspondent
The huge spending measure, which was passed on a 267-151 vote, would fund federal operations through September. It leaves in place automatic cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 7.8 percent to the Pentagon ordered by President Barack Obama Friday night after months of battling Republicans over the budget.
Republicans muscled the measure through on a mostly party-line vote over objections from Democrats protesting those across-the-board spending cuts.
The stopgap measure would provide budget relief for military readiness, veterans' health programs, embassy security and the FBI, but would put most of the rest of the government on budget autopilot.