WASHINGTON — Congress last night was poised to approve a second stopgap measure to fund the federal government, including transportation and bond-related programs, for another seven weeks.
House and Senate conferees agreed to attach a provision extending appropriations for federal programs through Dec. 18 to the Interior and Environment appropriations bill. The House voted 247 to 178 to approve the conference report yesterday. Congressional sources said the Senate was expected to vote on the measure last night. The original appropriations measure was easily approved by the House in June and the Senate in September.