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House passes GOP measure on government funding

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Republican measure to keep the government funded through September while softening the impact of forced spending cuts on the military and veteran’s affairs programs won approval from the GOP-led House Wednesday.

The proposal, known as a continuing resolution, passed by a 267-151 vote, with more than 50 Democrats joining most Republicans in supporting it.

It now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is expected to make changes to further soften the impact of the forced spending cuts on non-military programs.

The continuing resolution is needed to extend authorization for government spending beyond the current March 27 deadline. A partial government shutdown would occur if Congress fails to extend funding authorization by the deadline in three weeks’ time, but leaders of both parties say they don’t want another political showdown over the legislation.

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