The House just before noon approved a rule allowing for House consideration of a bill that would fund the federal government for another week, through April 15.
The rule was approved in a party-line vote, 228-189, in which all Republicans voted for it and all Democrats voted against. That reflects Democratic opposition to the underlying bill, which they say unfairly cuts from discretionary programs, but not from the Defense Department.
With the rule approved, the House began debating the bill, H.R. 1363, and was expected to approve it later Thursday.