The House on Wednesday quickly passed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government funded through Dec. 22, giving Congress time to complete consideration of a spending and tax cut package that was developed and announced late Tuesday.

It was approved in an easy voice vote.

Current funding expires at the end of today, and with plans by the House and Senate to consider the full-year funding bill later this week, another short-term extension was needed by the close of business.

The Senate is expected to clear the short-term extension "soon" a Republican aide told the Washington Examiner. After that, President Obama was expected to sign it into law, in order to avoid a partial government shutdown.

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