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White House backs Senate spending bill to avoid shutdown

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The White House on Thursday formally endorsed the Senate's version of the continuing resolution needed to fund the government and avert a shutdown.

In a statement, the administration said the measure would allow “critical Government functions to operate without interruption, providing a short-term bridge to give the Congress time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.”

“The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress on FY 2014 appropriations legislation for the full year that replaces sequestration and preserves funding for critical national priorities, protects national security, and makes investments to spur economic growth and job creation for years to come,” the statement added.

An amendment from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would fund the government until mid-November and removes language from the House-passed continuing resolution that stripped money for Obamacare.

The House continuing resolution funds the government until mid-December, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the measure was dead on arrival in the upper chamber and President Obama has vowed to veto any bill that defunds Obamacare.

If Congress and the White House are unable to reach a deal on a spending bill, the government will shutdown on Oct. 1.

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