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Senate Passes Bill To Fund Government Through December

The Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that funds the government through December. The bill does not strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

Remember, some House Republicans had insisted on defunding planned parenthood before they voted to extend funding for the whole government.

NPR's Ailsa Chang reports that the action now moves to the House. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"On this last day before the government runs out of funding, the Senate has teed things up to avert a shutdown.

"A short-term funding measure sailed through the Senate this morning, and is expected to pass in the House later today. After weeks of both chambers holding votes to defund Planned Parenthood and to place new rules on abortions, it appears the battle to strip the women's health group of federal dollars has been put on hold — for now.

"Investigations into the organization are ramping up, and Republicans may re-visit the defund-Planned-Parenthood fight in mid-December, when government funding will run out again."

We'll update this post once the House takes action.

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