House passes US budget deal

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THE REPUBLICAN-controlled US House of Representatives yesterday passed a two-year, budget plan that would extend government spending into 2015 to remove the threat of another shutdown before next year’s congressional elections.

The measure aims to end partisan fighting between Republicans and Democrats over fiscal affairs, which led to October’s 16-day government shutdown.

The budget deal must still pass the Democratic-controlled Senate before it is sent for signing into law.