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House Passes Bill That Keeps Government Funded Through Saturday

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A short-term spending bill that keeps the government funded through Saturday has passed in the House and is expected to pass in the Senate.

The bill gives lawmakers a few more days to work through a massive bipartisan spending package unveiled late Monday night.

As for the larger new spending bill, the House is expected to approve it as early as Wednesday.

Coming in at more than $1 trillion, the bill greenlights government spending through September.

It also gives the Obama administration much of the money to pay for the new health care law, gives a 1 percent raise to federal civilian and military workers, and keeps up rent subsidies for the poor.

If passed, the bill has implications for millions of New Yorkers.

"I think first of all, New York has a lot of federal employees who will be impacted, that'll get a very small raise," said Rep. Jose Serrano of the Bronx. "But most importantly, all the services that the federal government put forth in New York City and New York State now will be in place."

The Senate has the last move and will need to take up the spending bill before funding expires Saturday.

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