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Congress poised to end session without a big fight, pushing off spending battle to next year

Congress poised to end session without a big fight, pushing off spending battle to next year

Congress is setting up the next budget showdown for early in Donald Trump’s new administration, agreeing on a stopgap measure to fund the government only through April 28.

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the temporary spending bill, ending its work for the session as lawmakers dashed off for the holidays. 

Final passage by the Senate was expected by Friday’s deadline. It hit a hurdle after Democrats sided with Rust Belt lawmakers seeking to preserve health and pension benefits that are in jeopardy for retired miners.

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