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House approves stopgap measure to avoid shutdown

On Tuesday night, the House passed a stopgap funding bill with a 359-57 vote, averting a government shutdown after the budget year ends on Sept. 30.

This measure, which keeps federal agencies running through Dec. 11, is expected to pass in the Senate. It includes Department of Agriculture subsidies for farmers and ranchers, which was pushed by the Trump administration, as well as food aid for poor families whose children cannot get free or reduced lunches due to schools being closed, something House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) requested.

In addition to keeping agencies funded, the measure also extends health programs, as well as federal flood insurance and highway and transit programs.