WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Thursday moved rapidly to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and other controversial issues for later this month.

The House of Representatives, working against a Friday midnight deadline, approved legislation to fund a wide range of federal programs through Dec. 22. and sent it to the Senate, which approved it as well. The White House has said Trump will sign it into law.

The measure

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