U.S. House approves stopgap budget as Obama wields veto threat

08:40, April 08, 2011      

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid walk to speak to the media after meeting with President Obama about the budget and a possible shutdown of the U.S. government at the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, April 7, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap funding measure, while the White House threatened to veto it.

The House passed the bill by a 247-181 vote. It would fund the federal government through April 15, while providing funds for the Pentagon through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The Democratic-controlled Senate has said it will not consider the measure, and the White House said President Barack Obama would veto the bill if it was approved by the Senate.

The GOP-authored bill contains 12 billion dollars in spending cuts, six times the amount in the previous stopgap measures. It also stops federal funding for several issues supported by the Democrats.

Source: Xinhua

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