The Wall Street Journal: House passes short-term funding bill, but Senate vote still looms

WASHINGTON — The threat of a partial government shutdown intensified Thursday as Senate Democrats indicated they had the votes to block a short-term spending bill, according to multiple congressional aides, and GOP leaders pressured recalcitrant lawmakers to resist joining an effort to change the measure.

The House was expected to pass on Thursday evening a spending bill that would keep the government funded through Feb. 16. Though Republicans control more than enough votes to pass the bill without Democratic support, House GOP leaders on Thursday had to wrangle support out of the party’s conference for the short-term bill.

The prospects for passage of the spending measure in the House improved after final negotiations late Thursday.

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