Senate passes new funding law

The US House of Representatives is expected to endorse a short-term funding bill tomorrow to avert a government shutdown, a top Republican aide said, as members of both parties drew fire for creating another high-stakes political drama. The Senate yesterday passed the resolution funding the government until 18 November, ending a stalemate over emergency relief funding that echoed last month’s debt ceiling debacle. “We’ve averted a disaster, until the next one,” said Democratic senator Ben Nelson.