Shutdown avoided: Federal government still open for business

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday April 9, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House and Senate have quickly approved interim spending that avoids a government shutdown after President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached a $38 billion spending cut agreement.

The interim bill is necessary so broader legislation can be finalized.

Obama hailed the deal as "the biggest annual spending cut in history." House Speaker John Boehner said that it would cut spending by $500 billion over 10 years. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada called it "historic."

They announced the agreement with less than an hour to spare. A shutdown would have closed national parks, tax-season help lines and other popular services.

The Democrats and the White House rebuffed Republican attempts to curtail the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency and deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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