WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are expected to take up a stopgap spending measure to continue funding federal agencies after Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, before they break to campaign for the November elections.

The Senate is expected to take the lead on the measure, even though the House traditionally initiates spending and budget bills. The shift is due to the fact that the House has begun waiting for the Senate to pass legislation before taking it up, after spending several months approving bills only to see them languish in the upper chamber.

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