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Senate Passes Stopgap US Government Funding Bill

The Senate approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the U.S. government open for 10 weeks and give Congress and the White House time to negotiate spending levels for the next fiscal year and beyond.   Wednesday's 78-20 vote cleared the first of two legislative hurdles to avoid a partial government shutdown with hours to go before federal spending authority expires at midnight.   Despite bipartisan backing for the bill, partisan sniping filled the chamber before the...

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