WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — The House passed another short-term spending measure Thursday that avoids a shutdown for parts of the federal government that would otherwise kick in Saturday.

The vote to approve the measure was 320-99. It easily cleared the two-thirds majority needed for passage.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later in the day before sending it to President Joe Biden's desk before Friday's midnight deadline.

The temporary extension funds the departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Interior and others through March 8. It funds the Pentagon, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and the State Department through March 22.

The extension is the fourth in recent months, and many lawmakers expect it to be the last for the current fiscal year, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, who said that negotiators had completed six of the annual spending bills that fund federal agencies and had “almost final agreement on the others.”

At the end of the process, now expected to extend into late March, Congress is set to approve more than $1.6 trillion in spending for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 — roughly in line with the previous fiscal year. 

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