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Senate OKs Gov’t Spending Stopgap

October 23, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ With the government running out of money, the Senate today gave final congressional approval to a stopgap spending measure to keep agencies operating until lawmakers and President Clinton can agree on a finished product.

The Senate voted unanimously to keep enough money coming until Nov. 7. The House approved the legislation by voice vote Wednesday.

The bill is a temporary step since only five of the 13 spending bills needed to fund the government for fiscal 1998, which began Oct. 1, have been enacted.

At the end of September, both chambers approved earlier stopgap bills to keep the government operating through today.

Congressional leaders hope to adjourn for the year on Nov. 7.

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