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Government Shutdown Averted as Funding Bill Passes Through Congress

Congress signed a stop-gap funding bill on Wednesday to provide money to help combat the Zika virus and halt a potential shutdown of the government. Earlier in the day, the House of Representatives voted to provide financial assistance to Flint, Michigan.

The stop-gap funding bill was voted through 342-85 late on Wednesday. The short-term bill will prevent a government shutdown and will last from October 1 through December 9. A long-term bill is in the works.

The short-term bill was voted 72-26 by the Senate earlier in the day. The bill provides enough money to allow the government to remain funded and provides $1.1 billion to help stop the spread of the Zika virus.

Flood relief for Louisiana was included, too, with $500 million in total to help Louisiana and other states.

Flint, Michigan which has struggled with clean water issues will receive $170 million in water resources. Dangerous levels of lead have been found in the city’s water supply making it unsafe to drink. The initial bill passed by the Senate included $220 million in aid for cities suffering with inadequate water systems, including Flint.

Congress pushed the bill through ahead of their recess, which will be in session until after the general election on November 8.

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