House Approves Government Spending Bill

After four days of marathon, near-round-the-clock sessions, the House of Representatives finally approved a bill to run the federal government through the fall and slash more than $60 billion in spending.

The House struggled for days, sometimes working until nearly 4 am to slog through what were as many as 600 amendments.

When the House finally okayed the package at 4:40 am Saturday, it concluded a session that began at 9 am Friday.

The vote was 235 to 189.

Among those cuts: a ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reductions in job training programs and several government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service.

The bill also prohibits the funding of the new health care reform law.

The health care cuts appear to be a non-starter in the Democratic-led Senate, stoking talk of a government shutdown if both chambers can't agree on a compromise before the current spending bill expires next month.