Politics & Government

April 8, 2011

Lawmakers strike last-minute deal to avoid shutdown

Congress and the White House late Friday barely beat the clock and averted a partial government shutdown, agreeing to a last-minute deal to cut at least $38.5 billion from federal spending. Convening shortly after the midnight deadline had passed, the House of Representatives voted 348 to 70 for a stopgap spending plan to keep the government running through Thursday. Congress will vote again next week to finish the deal.

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