The House yesterday passed legislation to fund federal government operations at their current levels after the end of this fiscal year, Sept. 30. The continuing resolution also includes $6.5 billion in bond-related development grants.

The bill was approved by a 370 to 58 vote. It would extend appropriations for all agencies and activities that would be covered by regular fiscal year 2009 appropriations, until enactment of such appropriations bill or until March 6, whichever occurs first. Congress has failed to pass appropriations bills for the next fiscal year.

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