Government Shutdown Averted... For Now

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Washington lawmakers hit the brakes on a possible government shutdown this weekend, but the crisis has not been averted just yet.

The House passed the Senate's version of a short-term measure that funds the government through Oct. 4. That gives lawmakers until next week to vote on another funding bill.

But party bickering is still a problem. At issue is a part of the almost $4 trillion budget intended for disaster aid.

The bill provides nearly $3 billion to help victims of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.

Republicans and Democrats have been divided over how to pay for the infrequent aid.

FEMA estimates that as of Monday morning, it had $114 million left in its disaster relief account, enough to last until Thursday or Friday, according to agency spokeswoman Rachel Racusen.

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