28 Sep '16, 7pm

#BREAKING: Senate passes stopgap budget to avert troop pay freeze

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday passed a temporary federal budget bill, taking a key step toward avoiding a government shutdown and freeze on troop pay at the end of the week. The stop-gap bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 9 must now be passed in the House by Friday when the current annual budget expires. House leaders said they expected the bill to pass. With three days until a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats hashed out a compromise over funding for the water crisis in Flint, Mich., which had held up the temporary budget bill. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was given assurances by Republicans and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that a separate bill with the water funding would be passed after the presidential election when Congress returns from a recess. “I am convinced there is going to be help for Flint” in the l...

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