WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2011 ( – The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday afternoon to pass a stop-gap measure that would fund the federal government for a week, remove funding for abortion in the District of Columbia, and prevent a government shut-down. However, the ongoing and increasingly heated battle over funding abortion may make a shutdown inevitable. 

House Republicans passed the latest Continuing Resolution as part of a troop spending package that would pay the military until September 30, 2011, and cuts $12 billion. The vote was 247 – 181.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has stated that the CR passed by the House will be dead in the Senate because it includes amendments that would defund abortions in the nation’s capital, and also deny funding from some programs run by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Reid has said both items are deal-breakers.

President Barack Obama has also promised to veto the bill even if it reaches his desk from the Senate.

If no compromise is reached, the federal government will shut-down on Friday.


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