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House Passes Funding Bill, Senate Dems Say No Way

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The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to fund the federal government Friday, but Democrats in the Senate have vowed to block it.

Largely along party lines, the House voted 219-203 to keep the government running through Nov. 18.

The bill also provides $3.65 billion for disaster relief, a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has said any disaster aid package must be offset with spending cuts in other areas.

Democrats voted the bill down on the grounds that the disaster aid package was inadequate.

“It fails to provide the relief that our fellow Americans need as they struggle to rebuild their lives in the wake of floods, wildfires and hurricanes, and it will be rejected by the Senate,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said disaster funds could run out soon unless Congress approves funding.

The fund has dipped below $800 million, forcing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to hold off on long-term projects in order to pay for damage resulting from Hurricane Irene.

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