U.S. House passes bill to fund government, export crude oil

Reuters , Friday 18 Dec 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep government agencies open and funded through September 2016 and lift the 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports.

The bipartisan vote sends the bill to the Senate, where Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed to combine it with a package of tax breaks passed on Thursday.

The Senate will then take up the combined package in a series of procedural and a final vote expected by early Friday afternoon.

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