Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Congress approves stopgap spending bill to prevent federal shutdown, but Obamacare repeal stalls

Congress approves stopgap spending bill to prevent federal shutdown, but Obamacare repeal stalls

Congress avoided a government shutdown Friday as President Trump marks his first 100 days in office, but failed to serve up a decisive legislative accomplishment for the White House as Republican leaders shelved another attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The House approved a temporary spending bill, 382 to 30, providing a weeklong extension of federal funding as negotiators continue to hash out a broader deal to keep government running through the remainder of the fiscal year. The Senate unanimously followed, ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline when funding expires.

The final deal is expected to include a boost in military spending, though smaller than what...

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