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The Capitol Building as seen in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, Congress scrambled on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, to wrap-up unfinished business, voting decisively to send President Barack Obama a defense policy bill but facing obstacles on a stopgap spending measure. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The House just passed a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown

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The House passed a bill to avoid a government shutdown.

House shuts down possible shutdown

The House passed a stopgap spending bill today (Dec. 8) to prevent a government shutdown on Friday.

However, there's still a possibility there could be a brief shutdown over the weekend.

The measure passed 326-96, would keep the government funded until April 28, 2017.

What's a stopgap spending bill?

A stopgap spending measure allows for extra funding to keep a handful of major multiyear space programs on track.

Although the House voted on the stopgap, in order for it to become law, it would also need to be approved by the Senate and signed by president Obama.

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