Congress passes $1.7 trillion spending bill, avoids government shutdown | USA TODAY

Congress avoided a government shutdown and passed a $1.7 trillion funding bill.

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The House approved a $1.7 trillion spending package Friday,  a day after the Senate adopted the sweeping bill despite a last minute tussle between Republicans and Democrats over southern border policies.

The House vote, which provides funding of domestic and foreign programs through Sept. 30, took place only hours before the government ran out of money and would have had to initiate a partial federal shutdown.

The Senate added a list of amendments to the hefty spending package during their hours-long voting session Thursday, including legislation that provides basic workplace protections for pregnant and breast-feeding workers.  

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