The Senate approved legislation that would fund the government through the end of September and avoid a partial federal shutdown, as well as soften the blow of sweeping spending cuts.
The measure, which passed in a 73-26 vote, now advances to the House of Representatives.
Failure to enact the measure before March 27 would result in a partial shutdown of federal agencies and other programs.
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