U.S. Debt Ceiling

Congress OKs deal to avoid shutdown and fund government — for 10 weeks

Congress OKs deal to avoid shutdown and fund government — for 10 weeks

Acutely partisan and all but dysfunctional, Congress has completed its most elementary task after an intense weeks-long struggle, finalizing a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

The legislation extends existing spending levels a mere 10 weeks, past the Nov. 8 election, while finally addressing the Zika crisis with $1.1 billion and providing long-sought help for the residents of Flint, Mich., as well as flood victims in Louisiana.

After a last-minute burst of deal making, the legislation passed the Senate on a 72-26 vote Wednesday and was backed by the House 342-85 in a late-night vote hours later.

It was a conclusion in sight and within...

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