December 21, 2017 / 7:31 PM / 9 months ago

Short-term government funding, disaster aid bills advance in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took a step toward averting a partial government shutdown at the end of this week, approving rules to debate a bill that would fund federal agencies through Jan. 19.

Also cleared for debate was an $81 billion disaster aid bill to help U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from a series of recent natural disasters.

House votes on both bills were expected later on Thursday.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Susan Heavey and Bill Trott

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