House passes bill to avert government shutdown; Senate next

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., removes his face mask as he arrives with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and John Thune, R-S.D., right, for a news conference with other Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON — The House passed a two-day stopgap spending bill Friday night to avert a partial government shutdown, trying to buy time for frustratingly slow endgame negotiations on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. Senate action wasn’t guaranteed but appeared likely before the midnight deadline.