House Averts Shutdown, Passes Spending Bill
A last-minute spending bill to avoid a government shutdown passed the House 219-206 Thursday. The Senate now has two days to pass the bill.By Matt Picht | December 11, 2014
After racing against the clock, the House of Representatives has passed a spending bill 219-206 to keep the government funded for another year.
No one's looking to repeat last year's fiasco, when Republican opposition to funding President Obama's healthcare law caused a partial government shutdown for 16 days.
It was an embarrassing and politically damaging moment which Congressional leaders have sworn to avoid this time. On Thursday, the House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion compromise funding bill which would keep the lights on until next September.