House passes compromise on averting government shutdown

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at left, announced Tuesday she had a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, pictured at right, to fund the US federal government until December.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday reached a deal on a proposal to avert a government shutdown.

The House promptly passed the bipartisan bill 359-57. The legislation would keep the government funded through Dec. 11. It includes tens of billions of dollars for the Commodity Credit Corporation to aid farmers, a priority for Republicans and farm-state lawmakers.

Democrats left that funding out of their original proposal because of concerns the Trump administration had previously used the funding to divert money to its supporters. The new bill includes restrictions to prevent that. The bill also includes nearly $8 billion in nutrition assistance that Democrats pushed in negotiations

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